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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add getdents32t syscall
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Linus Torvalds wrote:

> The thing is, I hate encouraging glibc's behaviour of "we'll make up our
> own structures", and then ask the kernel to fix it later when it was done
> wrong in glibc. This is a totally new format that is totally unnecessary,
> and the RIGHT thing to do is to have glibc just use the proper 64-bit
> format.

Good idea. Let's go back in time to 1994/5 and add d_type then. May I
remember you that I always wanted large data types but whenever it was
proposed the kernel people (including you) said: we don't need it this
big now therefore it won't be changed.

> In other words, why doesn't glibc ever just make a new major number and
> make its "struct dirent" be the 64-bit version?

You can't be serious. Can you even imagine the pain this would cause?

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