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From: Johannes Schindelin <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] On Windows, limit which file handles are inherited by spawned child processes
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:29:07 +0100 (CET)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Junio,

On Mon, 25 Nov 2019, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> "Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget" <>
> writes:
> > The problem to be solved: files cannot be deleted on Windows when even one
> > process has an open file handle to it. So when a process opens a temporary
> > file, then spawns a child process that inherits that file handle by mistake,
> > and then the parent process tries to delete the temporary file while the
> > child process is still running, the deletion will fail. (This description is
> > slightly simplified, see the commit message "spawned processes need to
> > inherit only standard handles" for more detail.)
> Makes me wonder if we should be marking these fds with FD_CLOEXEC to
> solve the issue in a way that is platform agnostic.

I would like that a lot.

Having said that, it is too easy to miss when a patch forgets to do that
and when the contributor only tests on Linux. So I really also would like
to keep the current patch in addition.


> It may turn out that we'd be better off to make it an explicit choice by
> the parent when it leaves a FD open while spawning a child process (and
> by that spawned child when it runs another executable---but I undertand
> that it is a single-step operation, not a two-step one, on Windows).
> In any case, synchronizing the differences in compat/ between our
> trees is good.  Queued.

      reply	other threads:[~2019-11-25 16:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-22 14:41 [PATCH 0/4] On Windows, limit which file handles are inherited by spawned child processes Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2019-11-22 14:41 ` [PATCH 1/4] mingw: demonstrate that all file handles are inherited by " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2019-11-22 14:41 ` [PATCH 2/4] mingw: work around incorrect standard handles Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2019-11-22 14:41 ` [PATCH 3/4] mingw: spawned processes need to inherit only " Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2019-11-28 21:48   ` Johannes Sixt
2019-11-29 13:52     ` Johannes Schindelin
2019-11-29 20:40       ` Johannes Schindelin
2019-11-29 22:19       ` Johannes Sixt
2019-11-29 22:37       ` Johannes Sixt
2019-11-30 22:10         ` Johannes Schindelin
2019-11-22 14:41 ` [PATCH 4/4] mingw: restrict file handle inheritance only on Windows 7 and later Johannes Schindelin via GitGitGadget
2019-11-25  5:42 ` [PATCH 0/4] On Windows, limit which file handles are inherited by spawned child processes Junio C Hamano
2019-11-25 16:29   ` Johannes Schindelin [this message]

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