Thread: Why this code wrote empty file?

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    Why this code wrote empty file?

    #include <fcgi_stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <sys/stat.h>
    int main(void)
        int count = 0;
        while(FCGI_Accept() >= 0) {
            char *contentLength = getenv("CONTENT_LENGTH");
            int len;
            if (contentLength != NULL) {
                len = strtol(contentLength, NULL, 10);            
            else {
                len = 0;
            printf("Content-type: text/html\r\n"
                   "<title>FastCGI Hello!</title>"
                   "<h1>FastCGI Hello!</h1>"
                   "Request number %d running on host <i>%s</i>\n",
                    ++count, getenv("SERVER_NAME"));
            printf("<br />CONTENT_LENGTH = %d <br />\r\n", len);
            printf("<form enctype='multipart/form-data' method='post' action='?'><input type='text' name='text1' /><input type='file' name='file1'/><input type='submit' /></form>");
            printf("<hr />");
            FCGI_FILE * fileOut = FCGI_fopen("/tmp/fcgi.out", "w");
            if (fileOut) {
                int done = 0;
                while(done < len) {
                    char buffer[1024];
                    int packetRead;
                    packetRead = FCGI_fread(buffer, 1, sizeof(buffer), stdin);
                    if (packetRead < 0) {
                    if (packetRead > 0) {
                        FCGI_fwrite(buffer, 1, packetRead, fileOut);
                        done += packetRead;
    In this code sample fcgi2 library is used. After click on page button file fcgi.out was empty. Why?

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    > if (packetRead < 0)
    This will get you out of the loop without doing anything.

    Perhaps add some diagnostics to your code - rather than assume success and posting on a forum when it doesn't work.
                    packetRead = FCGI_fread(buffer, 1, sizeof(buffer), stdin);
                    if (packetRead < 0) {
                        fprintf(stderr,"FCGI_fread returned %d\n", packetRead);

    > ++count, getenv("SERVER_NAME"));
    The count will be zero every time you run a new copy of this program.
    So if the server is really expecting some incremented number, this isn't going to work.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
    If at first you don't succeed, try writing your phone number on the exam paper.

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