[GRASS-dev] libgis: ERROR: Unable to make mapset element cell_misc/...

Glynn Clements glynn at gclements.plus.com
Sat Mar 7 02:29:59 EST 2009

Markus Neteler wrote:

> > access() sets errno when it fails.
> >
> > If you want the reason why mkdir() failed, you need to test the return
> > value from G_mkdir(), e.g.:
> >
> >        if (access(path, 0) != 0)
> >            if (G_mkdir(path) != 0)
> >                G_fatal_error(_("Unable to make mapset element %s (%s): %s"),
> >                                p_element, path, strerror(errno));
> Ah thanks. I see now that access() is used twice:
> http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/browser/grass/trunk/lib/gis/mapset_msc.c#L57
> I assume that I can remove the first try? see attached patch.
> Or is a second try to access unavoidable?

It should be safe to remove the second access() call, but I would be
inclined to leave it. Checking that the directory actually exists is
more robust than assuming that it will from the fact that G_mkdir()

Glynn Clements <glynn at gclements.plus.com>

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