Joey Hess  committed 65117ab

sha1_file: avoid bogus "file exists" error message

This avoids the following misleading error message:

error: unable to create temporary sha1 filename ./objects/15: File exists

mkstemp can fail for many reasons, one of which, ENOENT, can occur if
the directory for the temp file doesn't exist. create_tmpfile tried to
handle this case by always trying to mkdir the directory, even if it
already existed. This caused errno to be clobbered, so one cannot tell
why mkstemp really failed, and it truncated the buffer to just the
directory name, resulting in the strange error message shown above.

Note that in both occasions that I've seen this failure, it has not been
due to a missing directory, or bad permissions, but some other, unknown
mkstemp failure mode that did not occur when I ran git again. This code
could perhaps be made more robust by retrying mkstemp, in case it was a
transient failure.

Signed-off-by: Joey Hess <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 	memcpy(buffer, filename, dirlen);
 	strcpy(buffer + dirlen, "tmp_obj_XXXXXX");
 	fd = mkstemp(buffer);
-	if (fd < 0 && dirlen) {
+	if (fd < 0 && dirlen && errno == ENOENT) {
 		/* Make sure the directory exists */
 		memcpy(buffer, filename, dirlen);
 		buffer[dirlen-1] = 0;