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SubjectRe: [PATCH] POSIX timers for 2.3.25
On Mon, 8 Nov 1999, Matthew Wilcox wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 07, 1999 at 06:33:43PM +0100, Robert de Vries wrote:
> > On Sun, 7 Nov 1999, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> >
> > > On Sun, Nov 07, 1999 at 05:59:12PM +0100, Robert de Vries wrote:
> > > > The siginfo structure is slightly changed. It moves si_value out of the
> > > > _rt part of the union. si_value is used both by _rt and _timer and must
> > > > map to the same field.
> > >
> > > You can't do this. You've just broken binary compatibility with any
> > > application that uses POSIX RT signals. I can't see a nice way of doing
> > > this though. Can anyone else?
> >
> > IMHO, NOT doing this now gives more problems that doing it "right" at this
> > point. I must admit I am not very comfortable with this change either,
> > but I don't see any other way, which is not kludgy.
> > I'm open to suggestions. I would really not have two _sigval's in two
> > structs in the same union. But then again, is it worth breaking a few
> > apps at this point?
> If this _really_ needs doing then we need a PER_NEWLINUX, change the
> kernel internal structures to the way you want, then translate the
> structures to the appropriate form for old Linux binaries whenever
> delivering a signal. It'll be unpleasant.

This _really_ needs doing, because not only RT signals issued by sigqueue
and the timers need this sigev_value, but also signals sent by completion
of asynchronous I/O and by the arrival of a message on an empty POSIX
message queue.

The first two are the subject of this discussion now.

The asynchronous I/O at kernel level is curently under development at SGI
(see and the POSIX mq_* family will need
it next.

The SGI kaio patch currently does not copy the sigev_value into the signal
structure, but that's another matter.

I don't know if there are already loads of apps using RT signals out
there. A simple recompilation would fix them anyway.

Any RT signal users out there? :-)


Robert de Vries

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