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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/30] x86-64: Use explicit sizes in sigcontext.h, prepare for x32
On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
> Use explicit sizes (__u64) instead of implicit sizes (unsigned long)
> in the definition for sigcontext.h; this will allow this structure to
> be shared between the x86-64 native ABI and the x32 ABI.

Btw, since we had this issue just with autofs: what are the x32 ABI
alignment issues for __u64? Are they like x86-64 ("natural alignment")
or x86-32 ("4-byte alignment")?

I assume they are natural alignment, and as pointed out by Davem, we
do have the versions of u64 that make this explicit: "compat_u64" is
the 4-byte-aligned one, while "__aligned_u64" is the natively aligned

Just plain "__u64" doesn't tell which it is, which is sad and wrong,
but we're likely stuck with it forever. Unless some shining knight
comes and says "__u64 is native alignment, and if you want anything
else, you need to use __compat_u64", and actually fixes the cases
where x86-32 depends on the 4-byte aligned one.

Which would be nice, but sounds unlikely. Shining knights tend to be
rare. But this *could* possibly be automated, so it's not entirely out
of the question.


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