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Re: [patch] libstdc++/67747 Allocate space for dirent::d_name

On 09/30/2015 05:01 AM, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
On 29/09/15 12:54 -0600, Martin Sebor wrote:
On 09/29/2015 05:37 AM, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
POSIX says that dirent::d_name has an unspecified length, so calls to
readdir_r must pass a buffer with enough trailing space for
{NAME_MAX}+1 characters. I wasn't doing that, which works OK on
GNU/Linux and BSD where d_name is a large array, but fails on Solaris

This uses pathconf to get NAME_MAX and allocates a buffer.

Tested powerpc64le-linux and x86_64-dragonfly4.1, I'm going to commit
this to trunk today (and backport all the filesystem fixes to

Calling pathconf is only necessary when _POSIX_NO_TRUNC is zero
which I think exists mainly for legacy file systems. Otherwise,
it's safe to use NAME_MAX instead. Avoiding the call to pathconf

Oh, nice. I was using NAME_MAX originally but the glibc readdir_r(3)
man-page has an example using pathconf and says that should be used,
so I went down that route.

GLIBC pathconf calls statfs to get the NAME_MAX value from the OS,
so there's some chance that some unusual file system will define
it as greater than 255. I tested all those on my Fedora PC and on
my RHEL 7.2 powerpc64le box and didn't find one.

There also isn't one in the Wikipedia comparison of file systems:

But to be 100% safe, we would need to call pathconf if readdir
failed due to truncation.

Can we be sure NAME_MAX will never be too big for the stack?

When it's defined I think it's probably safe in practice but not
guaranteed. Also, like all of these <limits.h> constants, it's not
guaranteed to be defined at all when the implementation doesn't
impose a limit. I believe AIX is one implementation that doesn't
define it. So some preprocessor magic will be required to deal
with that.


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