[erlang-questions] file:read_file/2 bug?

Igor Ribeiro Sucupira <>
Thu May 1 20:24:49 CEST 2008

On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 10:27 AM, Christian S <> wrote:
> On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 4:36 AM, Serge Aleynikov <> wrote:
>  Looking at /erts/emulator/drivers/unix/unix_efile.c one can also see
>  that efile_openfile calls stat() on the filename before it open() the
>  file.
>  I dont understand why everything is done in efile_openfile that is
>  done, but my guess is that if one first open() the file then use
>  fstat() on the file descriptor, then the proc filesystem would report
>  nonzero file length.

I've run this C code:

int env_fd = open("/proc/self/environ", O_RDONLY);
struct stat env_stat;
fstat(env_fd, &env_stat);

And got env_stat.st_size == 0.


>  Understanding would make it worthwile to submit a patch for the efile driver.
>  The linux kernel generates the proc file's content as a snapshot at
>  the instance the file is opened. Before open() it doesnt know how long
>  the content will be.

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