Am 14.02.2014 00:09, schrieb Zachary Turner:
> To elaborate a little bit more, you can verify with a sample program
> that ReadFile with OVERLAPPED does in fact modify the HANDLE's file
> position. The documentation doesn't actually state one way or
> another. My original attempt at a patch didn't have the ReOpenFile,
> and we experienced regular read corruption. We scratched our heads
> over it for a bit, and then hypothesized that someone must be mixing
> read styles, which led to this ReOpenFile workaround, which
> incidentally also solved the corruption problems. We wrote a similar
> sample program to verify that when using ReOpenHandle, and changing
> the file pointer of the duplicated handle, that the file pointer of
> the original handle is not modified.
> We did not actually try to identify the source of the mixed read
> styles, but it seems like the only possible explanation.
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Stefan Zager <sza...@google.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM, Karsten Blees <karsten.bl...@gmail.com>
>>> Am 13.02.2014 19:38, schrieb Zachary Turner:
>>>> The only reason ReOpenFile is necessary at
>>>> all is because some code somewhere is mixing read-styles against the same
>>> I don't understand...ReadFile with OVERLAPPED parameter doesn't modify the
>>> HANDLE's file position, so you should be able to mix read()/pread() however
>>> you like (as long as read() is only called from one thread).
>> That is, apparently, a bald-faced lie in the ReadFile API doc. First
>> implementation didn't use ReOpenFile, and it crashed all over the
>> place. ReOpenFile fixed it.
Damn...you're right, multi-threaded git-index-pack works fine, but some tests
fail badly. Mixed reads would have to be from git_mmap, which is the only other
caller of pread().
A simple alternative to ReOpenHandle is to reset the file pointer to its
original position, as in compat/pread.c::git_pread. Thus single-theaded code
can mix read()/pread() at will, but multi-threaded code has to use pread()
exclusively (which is usually the case anyway). A main thread using read() and
background threads using pread() (which is technically allowed by POSIX) will
fail with this solution.
This version passes the test suite on msysgit:
ssize_t mingw_pread(int fd, void *buf, size_t count, off64_t offset)
memset(&overlapped, 0, sizeof(overlapped));
overlapped.Offset = (DWORD) offset;
overlapped.OffsetHigh = (DWORD) (offset >> 32);
current = lseek64(fd, 0, SEEK_CUR);
if (!ReadFile((HANDLE)_get_osfhandle(fd), buf, count, &bytes_read,
errno = err_win_to_posix(GetLastError());
lseek64(fd, current, SEEK_SET);
return (ssize_t) bytes_read;
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