can loop once with zero size buffer

Bernd Eckenfels ecki at
Fri Jul 29 23:19:27 UTC 2016


BTW: I think accessing named pipes/fifos would have the same "problem".
But I guess nobody would use readAllBytes() on them :)


Am Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:46:03 +0100
schrieb Alan Bateman <Alan.Bateman at>:

> On 29/07/2016 19:36, Martin Buchholz wrote:
> > I think keeping the status quo is the right outcome.  The /proc
> > filesystem is intentionally providing incorrect information because
> > providing correct information is deemed to be too expensive (have
> > to compute contents of file for stat?).  Reading /proc is
> > sufficiently expensive that the extra realloc of an empty buffer is
> > noise.  Be thankful that reading files in /proc works at all!
> >
> >
> and just to add that we have a file specifically for /proc as it used
> to cause problems in early versions.
> -Alan

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