Re: [PATCH 6/6] vfs: introduce FMODE_NEG_OFFSET for allowingnegative f_pos

From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
Date: Sun Jan 17 2010 - 22:25:48 EST

On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:15:38 +0800
"Wu, Fengguang" <fengguang.wu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> [replying from webmail, sorry for top-posting]
> memory_lseek() calls force_successful_syscall_return() to force success on negative vals.
> However that is a no-op for x86.
> My experiment shows that lseek() does return negative pos. However,
> manual says that "a value of (off_t) -1 is returned" on error. So it's OK
> as long as your program is written as "err == -1" instead of "err < 0".
On error, the kernel returns -EOVERFLOW (via %eax) and libc hides
it by
ret = -1

The problem discussed here is the kernel's return value. So, the kernel's
lseek should check that, I think.

Anyway, this lseek problem is not related to this patch itself and has
existed for very long time. Fixing it later by another patch is not very
bad, I think.
(I'm sorry I myself is not ready for writing a patch...)


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