[PATCH] Disable year 2038 support on 32-bit hosts by default

Luis Machado luis.machado@arm.com
Mon Aug 8 18:01:38 GMT 2022

On 8/8/22 19:00, Luis Machado wrote:
> On 8/8/22 18:55, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> On 8/1/22 23:42, Luis Machado wrote:
>>> Maybe the best course of action is to get autoconf patched to support year2038 checks and then use that
>>> in binutils-gdb.
>> Sorry, I'm a bit lost here.
>> GDB can already do what Gnulib's largefile module does; that's just some .m4 code. It sounds like you don't want GDB to do that, and instead want Autoconf to do something - presumably, modify Autoconf's AC_SYS_LARGEFILE to do the same thing that Gnulib's AC_SYS_LARGEFILE does). Although Autoconf could do that, I don't see why that would be be any better for GDB than GDB's using the equivalent of Gnulib's largefile module in GDB's ACX_LARGEFILE macro.
>> What am I missing?
> The missing part here is that although GDB can indeed use Gnulib's default "enable 64-bit time_t on 32-bit hosts" check, BFD doesn't use Gnulib and so won't know anything about 64-bit time_t. BFD uses autoconf's AC_SYS_LARGEFILE, which seems like a copy of Gnulib's AC_SYS_LARGEFILE, sort of.

Let me ammend this, autoconf's AC_SYS_LARGEFILE *was* a copy of Gnulib, but now went out of sync without the year 2038 check. So BFD is left in the dark about the 64-bit time_t support for 32-bit hosts.

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