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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Force same size of struct autofs_v5_packet on x86 and x86_64
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On Fri, 2011-09-16 at 11:19 +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:06:38PM +0200, Thomas Meyer wrote:
> > autofs_v5_packet is 300 bytes on x86 and 304 bytes on x86_64.
> > This difference is wrong and leads to a hang in systemd when running
> > a x86 userspace on an x86_64 kernel.
>
> NAK.
>
> You are talking about the userland ABI. With existing users. Changing
> it might help systemd (what the hell is it doing with autofs, anyway?),
> but breaking existing binaries (you know, ones that *do* have some business
> dealing with autofs) is not acceptable.

That's right.

Certainly my mistake (made a long time ago) and when I realized it I
decided I would need to handle it in user space for the same reasons Al
has mentioned.

I think this should be enough (but any further recommendations are
welcome, apart from the fact we might get new archs):

static size_t get_kpkt_len(void)
{
size_t pkt_len = sizeof(struct autofs_v5_packet);
struct utsname un;
uname(&un);

if (pkt_len % 8) {
if (strcmp(un.machine, "alpha") == 0 ||
strcmp(un.machine, "ia64") == 0 ||
strcmp(un.machine, "x86_64") == 0 ||
strcmp(un.machine, "ppc64") == 0)
pkt_len += 4;
}
return pkt_len;
}


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