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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc] Boost.Process done
From: Ilya Sokolov (ilyasokol_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-08-31 09:47:38

On 20.08.2010 0:40, Boris Schaeling wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:34:36 +0200, Ilya Sokolov <ilyasokol_at_[hidden]>
> wrote:
>> Boris Schaeling wrote (in the attached file):
>> > File descriptors must be closed after context is instantiated as the
>> > context constructor uses the behavior inherit which tries to dup()
>> > stdin, stdout and stderr.
>> Which makes me nervous (sorry) as it is superfluous in 90% of cases.
> Currently the standard constructor of the context class reproduces
> standard behavior on POSIX systems (file descriptors are inherited). Do
> you think this should be changed?

No, but read below.

> Or it would be fine to provide another
> constructor which expects up to three parameters to configure stdin,
> stdout and stderr?

I don't think it is good to create files in the constructors of classes
derived from stream_behavior. Consider the following program (untested):

bp::context ctx;
ctx.stdout_behaviour = bp::behavior::pipe::create(

// 1
bp::child foo =
   bp::create_child("foo", std::vector<std::string>(), ctx);

// 2
bp::child bar =
   bp::create_child("bar", std::vector<std::string>(), ctx);

AFAIU, the line 2 will throw exception "dup2() failed" on POSIX, and
spawn child process with closed(!) stdout on Windows.

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