On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 11:50:24AM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> -------------------------------- 8< ------------------------------
> 
> static unsigned int get_max_fd_limit(void)
> {
> #ifdef RLIMIT_NOFILE
>       struct rlimit lim;
> 
>       if (!getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE, &lim))
>               return lim.rlim_cur;
> #endif
> 
> #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;
> #else
>       return 1; /* see the caller ;-) */
> #endif
> }
> 
> -------------------------------- >8 ------------------------------

Yeah, with the #endif followup you posted, this is what I had in mind.

> But the sysconf part makes me wonder; here is what we see in
> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/functions/sysconf.html
> 
>     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.

According to the POSIX quote above, it sounds like we could do:

  #if defined (_SC_OPEN_MAX)
  {
          long max;
          errno = 0;
          max = sysconf(_SC_OPEN_MAX);
          if (0 < max) /* got the limit */
                  return max;
          else if (!errno) /* unlimited, cast to int-max */
                  return max;
          /* otherwise, fall through */
  }
  #endif

Obviously you could collapse the two branches of the conditional, though
I think it deserves at least a comment to explain what is going on.

-Peff
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