irb save-history extension is not concurrency-safe
If 2 simultaneous irb sessions are running with save-history enabled, the history will be overwritten in full by the last irb session to exit and history will be lost.
The save-history extension currently loads the existing file on session start, maintains history throughout the session, then regenerates the history file with the preloaded + new history from the current session. Therefore if the file contents are changed while the irb session is running, those changes are not overwritten when the session exits.
As many systems have logrotate and could manage the file buffering independently, one idea would be to just append the history from current session, rather than recreating the history file.
Steps to reproduce¶
- Enable the save-history extension to log to a file
- Start an irb session (Session #1)
- Start a second irb session (Session #2)
- In Session #1, execute commands and exit - verify that the output is generated correctly
- In Session #2, execute commands and exit - PROBLEM - the output from Session #1 has been deleted
See output below:
[current]$ cat .irbrc require 'irb/ext/save-history' IRB.conf[:SAVE_HISTORY] = 1000 IRB.conf[:HISTORY_FILE] = File.join(Dir.pwd, 'log', 'irb.log') ==== START SESSION #1# ==== [current]$ irb irb(main):001:0> puts 'Session #1 - Output' Session #1 - Output => nil irb(main):002:0> + Stopped irb ==== BACKGROUND SESSION #1# ==== ==== START SESSION #2# ==== [current]$ irb irb(main):001:0> puts 'Session #2 - Output' Session #2 - Output => nil irb(main):002:0> exit ==== STOP SESSION #2# ==== ==== OUTPUT IS EXPECTED ==== [current]$ cat log/irb.log puts 'Session #2 - Output' exit ==== RESUME SESSION #1 ==== [current]$ fg irb(main):003:0* puts 'Session #1 - Overwrites everything' Session #1 - Overwrites everything => nil irb(main):004:0> exit ==== PROBLEM - OUTPUT FROM SESSION #1 ONLY ==== [current]$ cat log/irb.log puts 'Session #1 - Output' puts 'Session #1 - Overwrites everything' exit