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SubjectRe: Ok, making ready for pre-2.4 and code-freeze..
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Tigran Aivazian wrote:
> Hi Rogier,
>
> You said:
>
> > The return code for unix system calls should be defined as "negative"
> > for error, and not "-1".
>
> I beg to differ because lseek(2) has the right to return negative offsets
> on some implementations (of UNIX) on some architectures (notably i386).

I beg to differ: lseek has no right to return a position before the
start of the file.

* Upon successful completion, lseek returns the resulting
* offset location as measured in bytes from the beginning of
* the file.

Maybe, some OSes are "breaking the rules" a bit by allowing larger
files than a 31-bit return value for lseek(2) allows, but that's their
problem.

And if you're bending the rules, I feel fine with reserving
-1000 to -1 as "Error returns" and allowing 4G-1000 byte files.

Roger.



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