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Re: [PATCH v7 0/3] y2038: Linux: Introduce __clock_settime64 function

Hi Joseph, Alistair,

> On Tue, 17 Sep 2019, Lukasz Majewski wrote:
> > Then if you replace the condition [1] with #if __TIMESIZE == 64 you
> > would have:
> > 
> > struct timespec
> > {
> >   __time_t tv_sec;		/* Seconds.  */
> >   __syscall_slong_t tv_nsec;    /* Nanoseconds.  */
> > }  
> The *public* struct timespec (defined in 
> time/bits/types/struct_timespec.h) should be changed for ports that
> define __TIMESIZE == 64 while __SYSCALL_WORDSIZE == 32.
> That is, if __TIMESIZE == 64, and if __SYSCALL_WORDSIZE (if defined)
> is 32 or __WORDSIZE (if __SYSCALL_WORDSIZE is not defined), then
> struct timespec needs endian-dependent padding (defined as an
> *unnamed* 32-bit bit-field, so that it gets ignored for
> initializers). 

Ok, I will prepare proper patch with adjusting the *public* struct

> (This is the same padding as would be needed in the
> case where __TIMESIZE == 32 but _TIME_BITS=64 is defined, but
> _TIME_BITS=64 support for headers comes later.)

As for example here [1].

Just for (my) confirmation:

- New 32 bits glibc ports (like RISC-V 32) will get __TIMESIZE ==
  64 (__WORDSIZE == 32) and no need to define the -D_TIME_BITS=64
  during the compilation. They will just get 64 bit time API support
  from the outset.

- Already supported 32 bits architectures (like armv7-a with __WORDSIZE
  == 32) will keep __TIMESIZE == 32 and require -D_TIME_BITS=64 for
  After glibc sets the minimal supported kernel version to 5.1 and all
  conversions for syscalls to support 64 bit time API are done the
  __TIMESIZE will be set to 64 and -D_TIME_BITS=64 will not be required
  anymore for compilation.

  Until the above switch happens we will redirect time calls - like in

> RV32 has got away without that change to struct timespec because it's 
> little-endian, and as long as __time_t is 8-byte-aligned implicit
> padding works as well as explicit in the little-endian case. 


> If BE,
> or if 8-byte __time_t is only 4-byte-aligned in structs (and so the
> struct ends up as 12-byte without explicit padding), there would be
> problems. 


> I think it's cleanest to make the padding explicit even in
> the cases where in fact implicit padding would give the same layout.

Ok. So then we shall keep the condition:

#if __WORDSIZE == 64 \
  || (defined __SYSCALL_WORDSIZE && __SYSCALL_WORDSIZE == 64)
# define __timespec64 timespec

// struct __timespec64 with endian dependent, explicit padding and
// __time64_t tv_sec;


And RV32 shall use the explicitly defined struct __timespec64 (from
#else) as presented in [3] ?

> RV32 does not need any support for clearing the padding before
> passing struct timespec to the kernel, because that's only relevant
> for compat syscalls in Linux 5.1.0 to 5.1.4 and the RISC-V kernel
> doesn't yet have compat syscall support for running RV32 binaries
> under RV64 kernels.

Ok. Thanks for clarification.



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Best regards,

Lukasz Majewski


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