Bug 175760 - readv(2) returns zero with vector count zero
readv(2) returns zero with vector count zero
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2005-12-14 13:15 EST by William Kucharski
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: man-pages-2.16-2
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Last Closed: 2005-12-15 04:52:19 EST
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Description William Kucharski 2005-12-14 13:15:55 EST
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Description of problem:
The readv(2) man page states this about error values:

       EINVAL The sum of the iov_len values overflows an  ssize_t  value.  Or,
              the vector count count is zero or greater than IOV_MAX.

However a test program shows passing an iovec of 0 will return 0 for both readv() and writev().

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compile this program as iov.c:

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

        int fd, ret;
        struct iovec iov;
        char buf[128];

        if ((fd = open("iov.c", O_RDWR)) < 0) {
                perror("failed to open iov.c");

        iov.iov_base = buf;
        iov.iov_len = 128;

        if ((ret = readv(fd, &iov, 0)) < 0)
                printf("readv returned %d\n", ret);

        if ((ret = writev(fd, &iov, 0)) < 0)
                printf("writev returned %d\n", ret);


2. Run a.out


Actual Results:  readv returned 0
writev returned 0

Expected Results:  Both calls should have returned -1 with errno set to EINVAL.

Additional info:

This may be either a man page error or a bug in the kernel; a decision needs to be made by the kernel developers as to whether the call or the man page is in error.
Comment 1 Ivana Varekova 2005-12-15 04:52:19 EST
This bug is fixed in the last version of man-pages (man-pages-2.16-2) 
( EINVAL The sum of the iov_len values overflows an  ssize_t  value.  Or,
              the  vector  count  count  is less than zero or greater than the
              permitted maximum.)

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