Tue, 7 Aug 2001 21:26:25 -0700
> No, you definitely cannot have close call the shutdown. The problem is that
> you might have fork'd or dup'd and have other ways to write or read. If the
> last file descriptor is closed, then the shutdown message gets generated by
> the kernel. The whole insanity of shutdown comes from reading and writing
> being done on the same file descriptor. Thus the kernel can't know when you
> are done writing, so the shutdown abomination was added. If Joy weren't an
> idiot, accept would have given you a pair of file descriptors, just like the
> pipe system call, one for reading and one for writing. Similarly connect
> would give you a second file descriptor (or take 2 as an argument). Then the
> kernel would do the `garbage collection' and know when you were done talking.
OK. But it still sounds like shutdown should call close.