Avoid double-open of serial ports on Windows
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Currently, opening a serial port on Windows involves a double-open: (1) open generically (2) check the handle for serialness (3) reopen with OVERLAPPED flag if serial.
This causes trouble in some setups where the open/close (and its timing) is not transparent to the underlying driver, like bluetooth RFCOMM profile. See
for a concrete example.
A simple and efficient solution is to use a "name hint" to detect COM ports by their filename instead of resorting to a syscall to detect serialness after the fact.
Rolf Shroedter has suggested that at least the two following patterns should be detected:
It also turns out that the first one should be applied to the [file tail], since \foo\bar\COM4 is also a valid serial port reference in Windows.
However, we believe that a good strategy should be to make only a reasonable effort in that direction, leaving tricky cases handled by the current behavior; this in order not to spoil the performance of [open] for non-serials.
A patch will be uploaded shortly to support just the above two patterns.
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