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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/9] kernel: add a PF_FORCE_COMPAT flag
On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 07:07:42PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:

> /proc/bus/input/devices (fucked bitmap-to-text representation)

To illustrate the, er, beauty of that stuff:

; cat32 /proc/bus/input/devices >/tmp/a
; cat /proc/bus/input/devices >/tmp/b
; diff -u /tmp/a /tmp/b|grep '^[-+]'
--- /tmp/a 2020-09-20 14:28:43.442560691 -0400
+++ /tmp/b 2020-09-20 14:28:49.018543230 -0400
-B: KEY=1100f 2902000 8380307c f910f001 feffffdf ffefffff ffffffff fffffffe
+B: KEY=1100f02902000 8380307cf910f001 feffffdfffefffff fffffffffffffffe
-B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
+B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0
-B: KEY=420 0 70000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
+B: KEY=420 70000 0 0 0 0
-B: KEY=100000 0 0 0
+B: KEY=10000000000000 0
-B: KEY=4000 0 0 0 0
+B: KEY=4000 0 0
-B: KEY=8000 0 0 0 0 0 1100b 800 2 200000 0 0 0 0
+B: KEY=800000000000 0 0 1100b00000800 200200000 0 0
-B: KEY=3e000b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
+B: KEY=3e000b00000000 0 0 0
-B: KEY=ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff fffffffe
+B: KEY=ffffffffffffffff ffffffffffffffff ffffffffffffffff fffffffffffffffe
;
(cat32 being a 32bit binary of cat)
All the differences are due to homegrown bitmap-to-text conversion.

Note that feeding that into a pipe leaves the recepient with a lovely problem -
you can't go by the width of words (they are not zero-padded) and you can't
go by the number of words either - it varies from device to device.

And there's nothing we can do with that - it's a userland ABI, can't be
changed without breaking stuff. I would prefer to avoid additional examples
like that, TYVM...

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