Subject: Re: ptys are not always freed
To: Christoph Badura <>
From: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
List: current-users
Date: 01/19/1998 15:45:03
On Mon, 19 Jan 1998, Christoph Badura wrote:

: >Do this only on a quiet system (so you'll be likely to be reallocated a tty
: >after you close it).  Use screen 3.7.2 (or whatever version, really).  Open
: >a screen, check which tty it is, and run either pine or emacs in it.  Hit ^A
: >K (Ctrl-A then K).  Open a screen again.  
: Some versions of pine do not check for the the error code that 4.4BSD systems
: return in this case.  Make sure your pine does handle the error correctly,
: if it gets reported.

Explain: "error code"?  Which error code, and generated from what?

Is it correct to assume that a process should not be allowed to continue
holding on to a pty after its master side is closed, or can a program hold
on to it indefinitely if it ignores whatever error code you're referring to?

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