Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 17 months ago

#2557 assigned Bugs

iostreams filtering_stream w/ gzip infinite loop when writing to a full drive

Reported by: Tomasz Śniatowski <kailoran@…> Owned by: Jonathan Turkanis
Milestone: Boost 1.38.0 Component: iostreams
Version: Boost 1.55.0 Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc:


When a filtering_stream with a gzip_compressor is used to write to a full hard drive (i.e. insufficient free space), boost enters an infinite loop in /boost/iostreams/detail/adapter/non_blocking_adapter.hpp:41 because the write function keeps returning zero. This loop happens during the destruction of the stream. I can't seem to find a client-side workaround.

Attached is a test case, point it to a volume with zero space and give some large number of bytes. If there's insufficient space, execution hangs. Tested on mingw/winxp/gcc4.2 but seems to fail on linux/gcc as well.

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boost-bug.cpp (904 bytes) - added by Tomasz Śniatowski <kailoran@…> 10 years ago.

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Change History (11)

Changed 10 years ago by Tomasz Śniatowski <kailoran@…>

Attachment: boost-bug.cpp added

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Jonathan Turkanis

Status: newassigned

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by michal-slizak@…

Has this been fixed? If so, which version of the library contains the fix?

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by anonymous

No, it hasn't been fixed.

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by michal-slizak@…

The gzip file consists of a sequence of compressed chunks.

You can manually compress data chunks and append them to a file:

class StreamSink
	typedef char char_type;
	typedef boost::iostreams::sink_tag category;
	StreamSink(std::ostream * stream);
	std::streamsize write(const char * ptr, std::streamsize n);
	void close();
	bool isOpen() const;
	bool opened;
	std::ostream * stream;


StreamSink::StreamSink(std::ostream * stream):
	assert(stream != NULL, "StreamSink constructed from NULL");
std::streamsize StreamSink::write(const char * ptr, std::streamsize n)
	assert(this->stream != NULL, "Writing to NULL stream");
	this->stream->write(ptr, n);
	return n;
void StreamSink::close()
	this->opened = false;
	this->stream = NULL;
bool StreamSink::isOpen() const
	return this->opened;

void writeGzippedSection(string const & filename, ios_base::openmode mode, string const & data)
		std::ofstream out(filename.c_str(), mode | ios::binary);
		out.exceptions(std::ios_base::badbit | std::ios_base::failbit);
		StreamSink sink(&out);
		boost::iostreams::gzip_compressor compressor;
		compressor.write(sink, data.c_str(), data.length());
		compressor.close(sink, BOOST_IOS::out);
	catch (boost::iostreams::gzip_error const & e)
		std::cerr << "gzip error: " << e.error() << ", zlib error: " << e.zlib_error_code() << std::endl;
	catch (ofstream::failure const & e)
		std::cerr << "ofstream::failure: " << e.what() << std::endl;

The code above produces decompressable files (tested with zcat, zless and gunzip). Also, when out-of-space occurs, chunks that were written successfully can be recovered.

The code may not be pretty, but it works.

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by leyaya_1999@…

The same infinite loop happens if user does not have write access on the file that is being written to. In that case the variable amt receives value -1 in

/include/boost/iostreams/detail/adapter/non_blocking_adapter.hpp line 42

this bug is still here in boost 1.55

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by leyaya_1999@…

Version: Boost 1.37.0Boost 1.55.0

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by anonymous

And the same issue happens on Windows if the "filename" is longer then MAX_PATH and not prefixed with "\\?\".

comment:8 Changed 20 months ago by anonymous

There are also hangs if a file_sink could not be opened (though that is at least possible to check manually by calling is_open() before). Also, the "hangs" are not just hangs but infinite loops with 100% CPU usage. It feels like the whole iostream was written without any consideration for error handling at all.

comment:9 Changed 18 months ago by anonymous

Submitted a pull request with fix and test-case:

It doesn't check or ensure that the error is properly propagated (I am not sure there even is a proper way to do that), but at least no more infinite loop.

comment:10 Changed 17 months ago by anonymous

Change has been merged, so hopefully the next release will finally have the fix.

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