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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add getdents32t syscall


On Thu, 26 Feb 2004, Ulrich Drepper wrote:
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> > 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?

Do you know how much pain it causes when you make changes and you do _not_
change the major number?

At some point you need to clean up.

This issue has been with us for years and years. I don't understand why
you'd want to add a totally new system call now. Instead, I'd suggest you
just put this on the long list of things to fix for when a new major
number is to be used.

And yes, you should use a new major number at some point. It is
_senseless_ to never update the majors. Just make a clean break, go
through every little nagging ugly thing (and there are a _lot_ of them
that have accumulated over the years), and make ready for "libc-3.0".

No, I'm not suggesting you do it for this one thing, obviously. But
there's bound to be _thousands_ of these stupid things where glibc has
compatibility crap that makes no sense.

Linus
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