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RE: Crash with recursive make

From: John Hall
Subject: RE: Crash with recursive make
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:11:24 +0100

On 05 October 2006 20:55, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:

> > When doing a recursive make, the child process immediately 
> > crashed. When
> > running under the debugger I saw a CRT assertion. In func_shell in
> > function.c it was attempting to close the write side of a 
> > pipe, but the
> > file handle was actually -1. I've just done: 

> >        /* Close the write side of the pipe.  */
> > -      (void) close (pipedes[1]);
> > +      if (pipedes[1] >= 0)
> > +        (void) close (pipedes[1]);
> >  #endif
> > 
> >        /* Set up and read from the pipe.  */

> > This fixes it for me, but is not necessarily getting to the root of
> > the problem.
> Thanks for the report and a patch, but could you perhaps run Make
> under a debugger, put a data breakpoint on pipes[1], and see where
> does it get the -1 value and why?  That should help identify the root
> of the problem, I think.


Investigating further, make is crashing in windows32_openpipe while
evaluating the expression:

        VERSION_STRING = $(shell cat $(VERSION_TXT))

where cat is a Windows native version of cat from unxutils

The call to CreatePipe succeeds, but the second call to _open_osfhandle
fails, with EBADF and ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE. The code does not currently
check the return code to either of the calls to _open_osfhandle.

I'm not sure why it should fail - perhaps cat closes its stdin or has
already exited - but given this is possible perhaps my fix is the
correct one.


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