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Problems when reading special procfs file #25596

hexchain opened this issue Jan 27, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Jan 27, 2016

OS: 4.4.0-4-ARCH

Reading special procfs file (e.g. /proc/$PID/smaps) as chunk does not always return a full chunk before reaching EOF.

Currently Dart determines EOF by trying to read BLOCK_SIZE of bytes and checking if the length of returned bytes equals to BLOCK_SIZE, which may fail in such special circumstances. Relevant code is here and here, maybe more.

And here's a simple test in C:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <unistd.h>

#define BLOCK_SIZE 64 * 1024

int main(void)
    int fd = open("/proc/918/smaps", O_RDONLY); // change the PID part accordingly
    int r = 0, t = 0;
    char buf[BLOCK_SIZE];
    do {
        r = read(fd, buf, BLOCK_SIZE);
        t += r;
        printf("r = %d\n", r); // r is not always BLOCK_SIZE
    } while(r > 0);  // Notice this expression
    printf("t = %d\n", t);
    return 0;

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commented Feb 1, 2016

Thanks for the report. Proposed fix in


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commented Feb 10, 2016

Will be released in 1.14.2.

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