On Fri, Feb 15, 2002 at 07:35:39PM -0800, Terry Lambert wrote:
> I saw your message.  It wasn't clear to me that you were
> simply exiting in the test, instead of actually closing
> the descriptor.  I suspect that vmware just exits, and
> expects a resource tracking close on exit to free the
> reference count.  If the Linux ABI code has not been
> updated with all the necessary hand waving (old code was
> OK, new code is broke ::= that's what's happening), then
> that could easily cause the problem, whereas a test case
> that does all the right manual shutdown would not have a
> problem.

I think there's something else going on.  You can hold open a vmnet
device by the simple expedient of "cat /dev/vmnet0" and when I tested
with a Linux cat and killed it with a "kill -9" it closed the descriptor
properly.  Some things I haven't tried, but though might have an effect
were using fork or linux threads to create multiple refrences to the
device and then closing them oddly.

-- Brooks

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