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Title: Writing to an invalid fd doesn't raise an exception
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.0, Python 2.6, Python 2.5
Status: closed Resolution: wont fix
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: christian.heimes Nosy List: christian.heimes, gvanrossum
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2007-11-11 17:26 by christian.heimes, last changed 2022-04-11 14:56 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (3)
msg57372 - (view) Author: Christian Heimes (christian.heimes) * (Python committer) Date: 2007-11-11 17:26
The bug is related to and occurs only
with the latest patch from #1415.

Writing to an invalid fd doesn't raise an exception:

>>> f = open(100, 'w')
>>> f.fileno()
>>> f.write("test")

However reading or opening an invalid fd for reading and writing raises
an exception.

>>> f = open(100, 'r')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 1253, in read
    res += decoder.decode(, True)
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 756, in read
    current =
IOError: [Errno 9] Bad file descriptor
>>> f = open(100, 'w+')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 195, in __new__
    return open(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 169, in open
    buffer = BufferedRandom(raw, buffering)
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 948, in __init__
  File "/home/heimes/dev/python/py3k/Lib/", line 301, in _checkSeekable
    if msg is None else msg)
IOError: File or stream is not seekable.

I expected that fileio_write() raises an exception when fd is invalid:

        n = write(self->fd, ptr, n);
        if (n < 0) {
                if (errno == EAGAIN)
                return NULL;
msg57376 - (view) Author: Christian Heimes (christian.heimes) * (Python committer) Date: 2007-11-11 19:49
Python 2.5 and probably 2.6 suffer from the same problem although it's
harder to trigger it.

Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Oct  5 2007, 13:36:32)
[GCC 4.1.3 20070929 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.1.2-16ubuntu2)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import os
>>> f = open("/tmp/test", 'w')
>>> f.fileno()
>>> os.close(f.fileno())
>>> f.write("test")
>>> f.write("test")
close failed: [Errno 9] Bad file descriptor
$ ls -la /tmp/test
-rw-r----- 1 heimes heimes 0 2007-11-11 20:46 /tmp/test
msg57401 - (view) Author: Guido van Rossum (gvanrossum) * (Python committer) Date: 2007-11-12 16:58
I don't think this is worth fixing; you'll get an I/O error as soon as
I/O is attempted, which is upon the first read() for input, or upon the
firsh (implicit or explicit) flush() on output.  You can't tell whether
a fd is valid or not without attempting I/O on it, so trying to test on
each write() call would defeat the purpose of buffering. Testing on
open() is insufficient as long as anybody could call os.close() any time.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:56:28adminsetgithub: 45763
2008-01-06 22:29:45adminsetkeywords: - py3k
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.5, Python 3.0
2007-11-12 16:58:42gvanrossumsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: wont fix
messages: + msg57401
nosy: + gvanrossum
2007-11-11 19:49:58christian.heimessetmessages: + msg57376
versions: + Python 2.6, Python 2.5
2007-11-11 17:26:36christian.heimescreate