Jeff King <p...@peff.net> writes:
> So I wanted to know whether there were any code paths that failed to do
> so, and just blindly rely on the lazy-open. Finding the races is
> inherently hard, because you only catch them when somebody else is doing
> a repack. But if we just _remove_ the lazy-load, then it becomes easy to
> catch anybody relying on it. Like:
Clever; I like it.
> In such a case, we are relying on the lazy-load (and we _are_ racy!).
> But the patch above would punish people on low-descriptor systems. It's
> better to have an unlikely race and complete the request than to fail
> consistently. :-/
> For people who are running high-traffic servers, they just need to make
> sure their file descriptor limit is reasonably high to avoid the race.
Thanks for an illuminating backstory for the patch.