1.7.7: rm -rf sometimes fails - race condition?

Warren Young warren@etr-usa.com
Fri Dec 10 23:18:00 GMT 2010

On 12/10/2010 3:30 PM, Steven Hartland wrote:
> Personally I think the only solution is to remove this delete on close code
> and fail hard for shared locked files, as it gives a much more predictable
> code flow.

Not always.

The core problem is that the semantics for file deletion are different 
on Windows than on *ix, and some *ix programs depend on this in ways 
that make them fail on Windows.  The new Cygwin file delete code uses a 
feature of Windows specifically introduced to work around a consequence 
of the Windows delete semantics in order to fake *ix semantics as well 
as you can reasonably expect.

I think the new feature is great, and don't want to see it go.  It's a 
clever solution to a real problem and fits Cygwin's mission perfectly.

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