RE: [Possible Bug] Commit generates GC repack failure
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'Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason'
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git@vger.kernel.org
From
Randall S. Becker
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Date
2019-01-14 16:09:41 UTC
On January 14, 2019 10:12, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 14 2019, Randall S. Becker wrote:
> 
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I'm trying to track down what happened this morning. We had a commit
> > that caused a background gc to occur. What happened was:
> >
> > $ git commit -m "history commit ... "
> > Auto packing the repository in background for optimum performance.
> > See "git help gc" for manual housekeeping.
> > warning: The last gc run reported the following. Please correct the
> > root cause and remove .git/gc.log.
> > Automatic cleanup will not be performed until the file is removed.
> >
> > fatal: open /dev/null failed: Invalid function argument
> > fatal: failed to run repack
> >
> > Obviously the /dev/null open was not right, but I don't know where
> > this is in the git code to investigate further. Any pointers on where
> > to look would be appreciated. This started happening at  2.20.1 on the
> NonStop platform.
> 
> We use start_command() when gc does run_command_v_opt() of e.g. git-
> repack. See in that file:
> 
>     null_fd = open("/dev/null", O_RDWR | O_CLOEXEC)
> 
> Maybe that sort of code just fails on NonStop?

That line of code works fine on the platform. I tested it in isolation at various OS levels. Let me go back and say that I'm not 100% sure this is new, but may have been there since just before 2.16. Still perplexed recognizing that that is the only point in git code where that can happen.

Cheers,
Randall