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Re: Ruby on Rails 2.0.2/Cygwin Bug
On Fri, 21 Dec 2007, Mike Boone wrote:
> I came up with a simple Ruby snippet that reproduces the problem. I'd
> appreciate it if other Cygwin users would try it. You can change the
> "cause_failure = true" line to say false and it will run.
> # Test failure of reading /dev/urandom after failed require
> # this method is from the Rails' source secret_key_generator.rb
> def generate_secret_with_urandom
> return File.read("/dev/urandom", 64).unpack("H*")
> cause_failure = true
> require 'nonexistent_file'
> rescue LoadError
> puts '' unless cause_failure
> puts generate_secret_with_urandom
> So far, the strace output of this is too low level for me to follow.
> Perhaps it will be clear to a regular Cygwin hacker.
> BTW, I'm running "ruby 1.8.6 (2007-03-13 patchlevel 0) [i386-cygwin]".
As I mentioned before, I don't use Ruby too often. But I just realized
something: to reproduce the error, you needed a "require
'nonexistent_file'", which will obviously set errno to ENOENT (which is
exactly the error you're seeing). It's possible that File.read checks
errno and exits right away if it's non-zero, and that nothing resets errno
before File.read. Inserting the puts call will likely reset errno, thus
avoiding the bug. So, the bug is probably in Ruby code for exception
handling ("rescue") -- it should reset errno so that subsequent code isn't
affected (and it's also suspicious that the File.read code checks errno
without a valid reason, e.g., a non-zero return value).
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