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From Randy Terbush <>
Subject Re: problem with log url overflow found
Date Sat, 11 Jan 1997 21:19:16 GMT
> No.  The trick is that right now we are saying that a failure to stat
> the path (while looking for the index file) means the file doesn't
> exist, so there is no index file, so make a directory listing.
> However, there are other reasons that stat can fail.  
> How portable would a check something like
>         if (errno == ENAMETOOLONG) { refuse the request or something }
> be?

This looks OK on FreeBSD, BSDI, and Solaris 2.5.

> Or should we only generate an index if (errno == ENOENT)?
> I think checking the errno would be easier than checking the length of
> the path before calling stat, since various systems may have various
> limits and I'm not sure they all use the same define to say what the
> max is.
> Damn, I think some systems may silently truncate the path before
> checking.  Grr.  Reasonably easy to fix (aside from the fact that
> there isn't a nice pretty defined way to return what we want to the
> caller), but portability is hell.  
> The good thing is that it looks like _ALL_ this bug can do is get you
> a directory index of the directory you request, and nothing more
> devious.
> On Sat, 11 Jan 1997, Randy Terbush wrote:
> > 
> > Cool. So is the fix just to change the comparison below to:
> > 
> > if (rv == 0)
> Umm.. what is the difference between rv == 0 and !rv?

I seem to remember cases with 1.x gcc where rv=-1 would compare
true for !rv. Perhaps my memory is failing me... :)

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