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[perl #108288] stat and -T do not set errno consistently

Father Chrysostomos
January 15, 2012 12:59
[perl #108288] stat and -T do not set errno consistently
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stat and most filetest ops, like -r, leave errno alone when called with an unopened filehandle:

$ ./perl -Ilib -le '$! = 7; print $!; stat foo; print $!'
Argument list too long
Argument list too long
$ ./perl -Ilib -le '$! = 7; print $!; -r foo; print $!'
Argument list too long
Argument list too long

But -T sets errno:

$ ./perl -Ilib -le '$! = 7; print $!; -T foo; print $!'
Argument list too long
Bad file descriptor

What should be the correct behaviour?

close() sets errno:

$ ./perl -Ilib -le '$! = 7; print $!; close foo; print $!'
Argument list too long
Bad file descriptor

Is it stat and -r that should change?

Currently, $! cannot be relied upon when a filetest op returns undef.  And, apart from trapping the ‘unopened’ warning or fiddling with, there is no way to tell whether an IO thingy actually has an fp.  So $! is useless.
Site configuration information for perl 5.15.6:

Configured by sprout at Sat Dec 31 10:12:16 PST 2011.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 15 subversion 6) configuration:
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    config_args='-de -Dusedevel -Duseithreads -DDEBUGGING -Dmad'
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    use64bitint=undef, use64bitall=undef, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
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Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.15.6:

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