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Re: Official Linux system wrapper library?

[adding in glibc folk for comment]

On 11/10/18 7:52 PM, Daniel Colascione wrote:
> Now that glibc is basically not adding any new system call wrappers,
> how about publishing an "official" system call glue library as part of
> the kernel distribution, along with the uapi headers? I don't think
> it's reasonable to expect people to keep using syscall(__NR_XXX) for
> all new functionality, especially as the system grows increasingly
> sophisticated capabilities (like the new mount API, and hopefully the
> new process API) outside the strictures of the POSIX process.

As a quick glance at the glibc NEWS file shows, the above is not
quite true:

Version 2.28
* The renameat2 function has been added...
* The statx function has been added...

Version 2.27
* Support for memory protection keys was added.  The <sys/mman.h> header now
  declares the functions pkey_alloc, pkey_free, pkey_mprotect...
* The copy_file_range function was added.

Version 2.26
* New wrappers for the Linux-specific system calls preadv2 and pwritev2.

Version 2.25
* The getrandom [function] have been added.

I make that 11 system call wrappers added in the last 2 years.

That said, of course, there are many system calls that lack wrappers [1],
and the use of syscall() is undesirable.

The glibc folk do have their reasons for being conservative around
adding system calls ( However, at
this point, I think one of the limiting factors is developer time
on the glibc project. Quite possibly, they just need some help to
add more (properly designed) wrappers faster.



[1] is a
    longstanding example.

Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer;
Linux/UNIX System Programming Training:

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