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SubjectRe: asm-generic/unistd.h and glibc use of NR_ipc
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On Wednesday 29 September 2010, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 09:05:13AM -0400, Chris Metcalf wrote:
> > Another point where I'd appreciate guidance from libc-alpha is the sysctl()
> > and ustat() APIs. The corresponding system calls are missing from
> > <asm-generic/unistd.h>, since they are deprecated and their functionality
> > is better provided by other means (/proc/sys, fstat). So I've simply had
> > them return -1 with errno == ENOSYS. Is there any reason to think they
> > merit more substantial work? One could imagine baking in some horrible
> > mapping of "integer names" into path components for a sysctl()
> > implementation and reading /proc/sys to provide results, or walking all of
> > the mount points looking for a matching device number to pass a name to
> > fstat(), but I'm not sure it's worth the bloat to the library.
>
> fstat does not replace ustat. ustat is a statf-subsystem by dev_t and
> is not replaced by anything. xfsprogs for example uses it to check if
> a given dev_t is currently mounted. Please add it to the generic code.
>

I didn't put it into the generic list because the man page claims

"ustat() is deprecated and has only been provided for compatibility.
All new programs should use statfs(2) instead."

I suppose that means we should change the man page as well, right?

Arnd


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