aha! file descriptor leak in 'readFile'

John Meacham john at repetae.net
Mon Apr 19 01:32:15 EDT 2004

I have finally tracked down a test case which results in the file
descriptor leak which has plauged one of my programs since its birth. 

this code:
sequence (replicate 100 $ handle (\_ -> return "") ( readFile ".")) 

will leak 100 file descriptors, apparently, after a 
 Fail: .: openFile: inappropriate type (is a directory) 
exception from readFile, the file descriptor will not be closed, and
instead be left open til the end o' time.

it took me a long time to find because I thought the bug was in
the listing of my directories, not the readFile's of its contents
(including "." and "..").


John Meacham - ⑆repetae.net⑆john⑈ 

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