Bug 19503 - Process.Start on OS X fails silently for missing file
Summary: Process.Start on OS X fails silently for missing file
Alias: None
Product: Runtime
Classification: Mono
Component: io-layer (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: Future Cycle (TBD)
Assignee: Alexis Christoforides
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-05-02 23:08 UTC by Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT]
Modified: 2018-01-05 13:27 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Tags: bugpool-archive
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:


Description Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2014-05-02 23:08:53 UTC
Process.Start ("/some/nonexistent/file");


Fails almost silently, only printing an error message to stdout.

This seems to be because Mono invoked "open" for ShellExec, without checking the return value and converting it into an exception. It would be cleaner to do it by using LaunchServices API directly.
Comment 1 Rodrigo Kumpera 2017-10-14 00:38:44 UTC
This is the case.
Comment 2 Ludovic Henry 2017-11-10 15:47:42 UTC
I can reproduce with Mono (2017-10/ce494e3d152).

The root cause of that bug is, on macOS, if we cannot find "/some/nonexistent/file", we will try to execute the command with "/usr/bin/open", which is going to print "The file /some/nonexistent/file does not exist" and fail.

We would need to check for the exit status of "/usr/bin/open" to ensure that we opened the executable successfully.
Comment 3 Alexis Christoforides 2017-11-14 22:50:17 UTC
Candidate fix at https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/6010

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