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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 29/29] y2038: add 64-bit time_t syscalls to all 32-bit architectures
On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 8:25 AM Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> This adds 21 new system calls on each ABI that has 32-bit time_t
> today. All of these have the exact same semantics as their existing
> counterparts, and the new ones all have macro names that end in 'time64'
> for clarification.
> This gets us to the point of being able to safely use a C library
> that has 64-bit time_t in user space. There are still a couple of
> loose ends to tie up in various areas of the code, but this is the
> big one, and should be entirely uncontroversial at this point.
> In particular, there are four system calls (getitimer, setitimer,
> waitid, and getrusage) that don't have a 64-bit counterpart yet,
> but these can all be safely implemented in the C library by wrapping
> around the existing system calls because the 32-bit time_t they
> pass only counts elapsed time, not time since the epoch. They
> will be dealt with later.
> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> ---
> The one point that still needs to be agreed on is the actual
> number assignment. Following the earlier patch that added
> the sysv IPC calls with common numbers where possible, I also
> tried the same here, using consistent numbers on all 32-bit
> architectures.
> There are a couple of minor issues with this:
> - On asm-generic, we now leave the numbers from 295 to 402
> unassigned, which wastes a small amount of kernel .data
> segment. Originally I had asm-generic start at 300 and
> everyone else start at 400 here, which was also not
> perfect, and we have gone beyond 400 already, so I ended
> up just using the same numbers as the rest here.
> - Once we get to 512, we clash with the x32 numbers (unless
> we remove x32 support first), and probably have to skip
> a few more. I also considered using the 512..547 space
> for 32-bit-only calls (which never clash with x32), but
> that also seems to add a bit of complexity.

I have a patch that I'll send soon to make x32 use its own table. As
far as I'm concerned, 547 is *it*. 548 is just a normal number and is
not special. But let's please not reuse 512..547 for other purposes
on x86 variants -- that way lies even more confusion, IMO.


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