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From r..@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Re: limit on file descriptors (fwd)
Date Thu, 06 Jun 1996 14:55:31 GMT
  Solaris' stdio library is broken, and uses a byte to represent fd values.
  This appears not to have been fixed in Solaris 2.5.

FWIW, there are public stdio replacements which don't have this problem.
For instance, the INN FAQ suggests using the sfio package available
from http://netlib.att.com as a way of dealing with the limitations of
the SunOS 4.x stdio (it's actually worse; they use *signed* characters,
so the limit is 128).  The GNU C library is another possible option.

A third option, I suppose, would be yelling at Sun.  (You are, after
all, paying all that dough for code which is supposed to work better
than the free stuff, and reasonable support when it doesn't ;-).

rst

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