Am 18.07.2014 01:03, schrieb Karsten Blees:
Am 17.07.2014 19:05, schrieb René Scharfe:
Am 17.07.2014 14:45, schrieb Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy:
"These routines have traditionally been used by programs to save the
name of a working directory for the purpose of returning to it. A much
faster and less error-prone method of accomplishing this is to open the
current directory (.) and use the fchdir(2) function to return."

fchdir() is part of the POSIX-XSI extension, as is realpath(). So why not
use realpath() directly (which would also be thread-safe)?

That's a good question; thanks for stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. If there is widespread OS support for a functionality then we should use it and just provide a compatibility implementation for those platforms lacking it. The downside is that compat code gets less testing.

Seeing that readlink() is left as a stub in compat/mingw.h that only errors out, would the equivalent function on Windows be PathCanonicalize (

For non-XSI-compliant platforms, we could keep the current implementation.

OK, so realpath() for Linux and the BSDs, mingw_realpath() wrapping PathCanonicalize() for Windows and the current code for the rest?

Or re-implement a thread-safe version, e.g. applying resolve_symlink() from
lockfile.c to all path components.

Thread safety sounds good. We'd also need something like normalize_path_copy() but without the conversion of backslashes to slashes, in order to get rid of "." and ".." path components and something like absolute_path() that doesn't die on error, no?

If I may bother you with the Windows point of view:

There is no fchdir(), and I'm pretty sure open(".") won't work either.

On Windows, there *is* an absolute path length limit of 260 in the normal case and a bit more than 32000 for some functions using the \\?\ namespace. So one could get away with using a constant-sized buffer for a "remember the place and return later" function here.

Also, _getcwd can be asked to allocate an appropriately-sized buffer for use, like GNU's get_current_dir_name, by specifying NULL as its first parameter (

Not having to move around at all as mentioned above is still better, of course.

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