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Fw: 1.5.11 bug in WEXITSTATUS() macro (wait.h)


The WEXITSTATUS is a bit buggy. (wait.h)

The macro extracts information gained from a call to waitpid() (and others).
The information it extracts is the status of the completed process (8 bit
signed value).

The problem is that the macro does not cast the value to a signed integer
(like other systems do), which can cause the value to be incorrectly
interpreted (breaks some programs).

The following fails:

// Wait for processes to complete
if(waitpid(pid, &status, 0) == pid)
  // Check return value for failure (-1)
  if(WEXITSTATUS(status) == -1)
    /* We will never get here, as the macro returns 255 if the process
exited with -1 */

The problem can be fixed by changing the macro from:

#define WEXITSTATUS(w) (((w) >> 8) & 0xff)


#define WEXITSTATUS(w) ((signed char)(((w) >> 8) & 0xff))

It is kind of weird that no one has discovered this boo-boo before :-(
Hope it is not me who is boo-boo. :-)


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