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Re: Closing fds twice when using remote helpers

On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 07:08:34AM +0900, Mike Hommey wrote:

> > >> - Except, well, fds being what they are, we in fact just closed a fd
> > >>   from a packed_git->pack_fd. So, when use_pack is later called, and
> > >>   tries to mmap data from that pack, it fails because the file
> > >>   descriptor was closed.
> > 
> > Either dup() the file descriptor, or mmap() before you call the
> > consuming start_command().

If I understand your case correctly, the mmap() is not relevant.  The
issue is that we close a random file descriptor accidentally, and it
just happens to be a pack descriptor later on. Right?

> You seem to imply this is my code doing something. It's not. The process
> that is doing all the things I noted above is an unmodified `git fetch`,
> when using a remote-helper transport. The use_pack happens after the
> transport is disposed because that's at the end of git fetch, when it
> updates refs.

Yes, it's a bug in git.

> Anyway, it would seem the fix is to dup(out) when passing it as in to
> start_command?

Generally, yes. It looks like maybe this spot?

diff --git a/transport-helper.c b/transport-helper.c
index fcd2a58d0e..45cdf891ec 100644
--- a/transport-helper.c
+++ b/transport-helper.c
@@ -433,7 +433,7 @@ static int get_importer(struct transport *transport, struct child_process *fasti
 	struct helper_data *data = transport->data;
 	int cat_blob_fd, code;
-	fastimport->in = helper->out;
+	fastimport->in = xdup(helper->out);
 	argv_array_push(&fastimport->args, "fast-import");
 	argv_array_push(&fastimport->args, debug ? "--stats" : "--quiet");

One thing I'd wonder, though: what is the contract between the helper
and fast-import here? In the current code, when the helper closes its
stdout, fast-import will see EOF. But not if we are holding on to
another copy of the descriptor.

In that case, the right solution is probably more like:

  fastimport->in = helper->out;
  helper->out = -1; /* hand ownership to fast-import */