RFC - bootscript error reporting

Nathan Coulson conathan at conet.dyndns.org
Wed Jan 28 17:43:05 PST 2004

> On Thu, 29 Jan 2004, Kevin P. Fleming wrote:
>> Bill's LFS Login wrote:
>> > I'm not sure about this one. I used to think that (true for real *IX).
>> > IIRC, someone pointed out that if the open and writes are
>> non-blocking,
>> > the Linux kernel will let you proceed. But you see where my next point
>> > will go, right? BTW, I *think* I tested that non-blocking hypothesis
>> and
>> > it was correct. But I would have to test again to confirm. And it may
>> be
>> > that the kernel lets you open, but blocks you on write. I *seem* to
>> > recall that as the result of the test.
>> I was just going by the latest man-page and info file for mkfifo, which
>> could certainly be out of date. However, I suspect that the actual FIFO
>> implementation in the kernel implies that there is no buffer in
>> existence unless a reader is attached to the FIFO.
> I hope that is true because it is the way I always thought it was (and I
> resist change!  ;)
> We'll let the bootscripts folks discover the truth. Agreed?  >:-)

I shall add it to the todo list [mkfifo, cvs, wiki, bugzilla, email jeremy]

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