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Re: malloc setting errno even if fine

On Mar 21, 2011, at 10:27 39AM, Thomas Klausner wrote:

> Hi!
> I've been debugging a program and found that malloc changes errno even
> when it's not reporting an error in the end. In my case, fseeko
> returned no error, but still errno was set.
> ...
> I think this is a bug. Should I file a bug report, or is this not a
> bug for some reason?
> Thomas

That behavior is explicitly permitted; see errno(2):

     It should only be examined after an error
     has been reported, because otherwise a leftover value from some previous
     error may be found instead.  (Many library functions that are not system
     calls also set errno on return, in the same fashion.  In these cases a
     nonzero value may be left in errno even upon successful return if some
     internal action failed.)

                --Steve Bellovin,

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