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appendhistory and history file truncation

I haven't seen this show up on the list, so I thought I'd chime in.

I'm having a problem wherein whenever I start up an invocation of zsh
(2.6 beta10), my history file gets wiped.  It doesn't happen when
NO_RCS is set (if I do zsh -f).  It seems that even though
APPENDHISTORY is set, savehistfile() ends up opening the file mode
O_TRUNC on line 1471 of hist.c (at least, I think this is the
culprit).  Perhaps this line should be rewritten as the block in lines

I checked beta11-test10, and it hasn't been fixed.

Here's a really straightforward patch to beta10, which *should* fix
the problem, though I haven't tested it.  Rewrite as you wish, but I
think this is the right thing to do.


--- hist.c.orig	Sat Oct 21 03:54:08 1995
+++ hist.c	Sat Oct 21 03:56:30 1995
@@ -1468,7 +1468,11 @@
-	    if ((out = fdopen(open(s, O_WRONLY | O_TRUNC, 0600), "w"))) {
+	    if (app & 1)
+		out = fdopen(open(s, O_CREAT | O_WRONLY | O_APPEND, 0600), "a");
+	    else
+		out = fdopen(open(s, O_CREAT | O_WRONLY | O_TRUNC, 0600), "w");
+	    if (out) {
 		if (histnum < savehist)
 		    for (i = 0; i < histnum; i++)
 			fprintf(out, "%s", store[i]);

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