Jeff King <> writes:

> That is, does sysconf actually work on such a system (or does it need a
> similar run-time fallback)? And either way, we should try falling back
> to OPEN_MAX rather than 1 if we have it.


> As far as the warning, I am not sure I see a point. The user does not
> have any useful recourse, and git should continue to operate as normal.
> Having every single git invocation print "by the way, RLIMIT_NOFILE does
> not work on your system" seems like it would get annoying.

Very true.  That makes the resulting function look like this:

-------------------------------- 8< ------------------------------

static unsigned int get_max_fd_limit(void)
        struct rlimit lim;

        if (!getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE, &lim))
                return lim.rlim_cur;

#if defined(_SC_OPEN_MAX)
                long sc_open_max = sysconf(_SC_OPEN_MAX);
                if (0 < sc_open_max)
                        return sc_open_max;

#if defined(OPEN_MAX)
        return OPEN_MAX;
        return 1; /* see the caller ;-) */

-------------------------------- >8 ------------------------------

But the sysconf part makes me wonder; here is what we see in

    If name is an invalid value, sysconf() shall return -1 and set errno
    to indicate the error. If the variable corresponding to name is
    described in <limits.h> as a maximum or minimum value and the
    variable has no limit, sysconf() shall return -1 without changing
    the value of errno. Note that indefinite limits do not imply
    infinite limits; see <limits.h>.

For a broken system (like RLIMIT_NOFILE defined for the compiler,
but the actual call returns a bogus error), the compiler may see the
_SC_OPEN_MAX defined, while sysconf() may say "I've never heard of
such a name" and return -1, or the system, whether broken or not,
may want to say "Unlimited" and return -1.  The caller takes
anything unreasonable as a positive value capped to 25 or something,
so there isn't a real harm if we returned a bogus value from here,
but I am not sure what the safe default behaviour of this function
should be to help such a broken system while not harming systems
that are functioning correctly.
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