Cactus treats a directory "configs/FOO/ThornList" as an empty thornlist file

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Roland Haas created an issue

Perl lets one open a directory with the regular open command but then reports no content in it ie it shows up as an empty file. Eg.

#!/usr/bin/perl

use strict;
use warnings;

open(my $FH, "<", "empty") or die;
print "$FH\n";
while(<$FH>) {
  print $_;
}
close $FH;

will work without error after a mkdir empty.

The suggested solution seems to be to use Perl’s -f operator to check for file type first. Eg something like:

-f "empty" && open(my $FH, "<", "empty") or die;

which I verified to fail if empty is a directory or a symbolic link to a directory but works fine for files and symbolic links to files.

This actually happened to someone “in the wild”, so it not quite hypothetical.

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