still some problems witih 0.5.3

Ben Escoto
Tue, 05 Mar 2002 12:18:08 -0800

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>>>>> "AA" == Alberto Accomazzi <>
>>>>> wrote the following on Tue, 05 Mar 2002 10:42:36 -0500

  AA> I downloaded version 0.5.3 and was successfull in running a
  AA> backup as root on a brand-new directory.  However, when I tried
  AA> continuing an interrupted backup on a similar directory I got an
  AA> error message (reported below).  This is not a show-stopper for
  AA> me at the moment since I am able to do backups regularly, but I
  AA> thought I'd let you know in case you want to track this down.

Ok, I think I may know what the problem is:  there may be some time
after rdiff's stdout gets closed and before the exit value becomes
available, and rdiff-backup can get unlucky.  So try the attached
patch (pretty hacky).

  AA> Oh, and another (minor) suggestion: you should really implement
  AA> a --help option that spits out the usage syntax for the command,
  AA> in line with all other GNU programs.

I don't have a major objection to this, but it seems like some
duplication of effort.  If you type in rdiff-backup --help now it
tells you to look at the man page, which has all the information.
Syntax with the --help switch would require the information to be
written and maintained in two separate places.  Why not just read the
man page?

Ben Escoto

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--- rdiff-backup.old	Tue Mar  5 11:58:47 2002
+++ rdiff-backup	Tue Mar  5 12:08:37 2002
@@ -1458,6 +1458,13 @@
 				Log("Failure probably because %s couldn't be found in PATH."
 					% self.cmdlist[0], 2)
 				assert 0, "rdiff not found"
+			if exitval == -1:
+				# There may a race condition where a process closes
+				# but doesn't provide its exitval fast enough.
+				Log("Waiting for process to close", 2)
+				time.sleep(0.2)
+				exitval = self.p3obj.poll()
+				if exitval == 0: return closeval
 			raise RdiffException("%s exited with value %d" %
 								 (self.cmdlist, exitval))
 		return closeval
@@ -4288,7 +4295,8 @@
 					if dsrp: finalizer(dsrp)
 				except (IOError, OSError, RdiffException):
-					Log("Error processing %s, skipping" % dest_sig.index, 2)
+					Log("Error processing %s, skipping" %
+						str(dest_sig.index), 2)
 		return diffs()

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