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SubjectRe: real_root_dev
On Mon, Nov 27, 2000 at 10:27:00PM +0100, Marcus Sundberg wrote:

> This reminded me of an old bug which apparently still hasn't been
> fixed (not in 2.2 at least). In init/main.c we have:
> extern int rd_image_start; /* starting block # of image */
> kdev_t real_root_dev;
> #endif
> #endif
> int root_mountflags = MS_RDONLY;
> and then in kernel/sysctl.c:
> {KERN_REALROOTDEV, "real-root-dev", &real_root_dev, sizeof(int),
> 0644, NULL, &proc_dointvec},
> #endif
> Because rd_image_start and root_mountflags are both int-aligned,
> this happens to work on little endian platforms. On big endian
> platforms however writing a value in the range 0-65535 to
> /proc/sys/kernel/real-root-dev will place 0 in real_root_dev,
> and the actual value in the two padding bytes...
> Unfortunately proc_dointvec() doesn't support shorts, so what is
> the correct fix? Changing:
> kdev_t real_root_dev;
> into
> int real_root-dev;
> is a perfectly working solution, but is it acceptable?

If you compile the kernel and use an integral type for kdev_t, perhaps.
On the other hand, I usually use a pointer type for kdev_t, and then
this entire sysctl construction is broken.

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