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bug#14862: 24.3.50; Subprocess invocation hangs

From: YAMAMOTO Mitsuharu
Subject: bug#14862: 24.3.50; Subprocess invocation hangs
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:17:32 +0900
User-agent: Wanderlust/2.14.0 (Africa) SEMI/1.14.6 (Maruoka) FLIM/1.14.8 (Shij┼Ź) APEL/10.6 Emacs/22.3 (sparc-sun-solaris2.8) MULE/5.0 (SAKAKI)

The following should only be reproducible on the platforms where
neither O_CLOEXEC nor O_NOINHERIT is available, such as CentOS 5 or
Mac OS X <= 10.6.

* Steps to reproduce

1. $ emacs -Q
2. M-x shell RET

* Result

Emacs hands, blocking at line 1897 in process.c:

  1889        /* Wait for child_setup to complete in case that vfork is
  1890           actually defined as fork.  The descriptor wait_child_setup[1]
  1891           of a pipe is closed at the child side either by close-on-exec
  1892           on successful execve or the _exit call in child_setup.  */
  1893        {
  1894          char dummy;
  1896          emacs_close (wait_child_setup[1]);
  1897          emacs_read (wait_child_setup[0], &dummy, 1);
  1898          emacs_close (wait_child_setup[0]);
  1899        }

where wait_child_setup[] are intended to be close-on-exec:

  1670    if (pipe2 (wait_child_setup, O_CLOEXEC) != 0)
  1671      report_file_error ("Creating pipe", Qnil);

But O_CLOEXEC is actually defined as 0 on the platforms where neither
O_CLOEXEC nor O_NOINHERIT is available.

   194  #if !defined O_CLOEXEC && defined O_NOINHERIT
   195  /* Mingw spells it 'O_NOINHERIT'.  */
   196  # define O_CLOEXEC O_NOINHERIT
   197  #endif
   199  #ifndef O_CLOEXEC
   200  # define O_CLOEXEC 0
   201  #endif

As a result, the above pipe2 call does not set the close-on-exec flag
for the created file descriptors.

Just setting O_CLOEXEC to some non-zero value would cause another
problem, because emacs_open uses it for checking its availability:

  2168    if (! O_CLOEXEC && 0 <= fd)
  2169      fcntl (fd, F_SETFD, FD_CLOEXEC);

                                     YAMAMOTO Mitsuharu

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.10.4)
 of 2013-07-14 on localhost.localdomain
Bzr revision: 113419 address@hidden
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.70101000
System Description:     CentOS release 5.9 (Final)

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