On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 12:36:40PM -0400, Brian Gernhardt wrote:

> The newest test in t0008 "streaming support for --stdin", seems to
> hang sporadically on my MacBook Pro (running 10.8.4).  The hang seems
> to be related to running it in parallel with other tests, as I can
> only reliably cause it by running with prove  and -j 3.  However, once
> that has hung I am able to semi-reliably have it occur by running the
> test separately (with the test hung in the background, using separate
> trash directories via the --root option).

I can't replicate the hang here (on Linux) doing:

  for i in `seq 1 30`; do
      ./t0008-ignores.sh --root=/tmp/foo/$i &

Do you know which test it is hanging on? You mentioned that you can
replicate it outside of "prove"; what does running with "-v" say?

The last test in t0008, with the fifos, would make me the most
suspicious. The way we do it _should_ be fine, but I'm wondering if the
shell is blocking in exec here:

  mkfifo in out &&
  (git check-ignore -n -v --stdin <in >out &) &&
  exec 9>in &&

That is, if the fifo is not opened for some reason by the backgrounded
process (there's a race, of course, but the outer shell should just
block until the sub-shell actually opens it). I wonder if the
descriptor-opening behavior of:

  cmd <in >out &

is different between shells (that is, if it backgrounds the opening of
in and out on some shells, but not on others). But then I would expect
it to fail consistently.

Just for fun, does switching the middle line there to:

  (sh -c "git check-ignore -n -v --stdin <in >out" &) &&

have any effect?

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