The return of syslets
Posted May 31, 2007 20:05 UTC (Thu) by vmole
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Any app thinking they have sole domain over all FDs, and no lib will ever create any behind its back, is a totally broken app,
which is unlikely to work in normal usage anywhere...
Unfortunately, this is not the case. They *do* work in normal usage almost everywhere. That's why they survive, because they don't break in the presence of two or three "unknown" descriptors. But when glibc starts chewing up many descriptors in a hidden/unexpected way, those apps will break. But guess who gets the blame? "My app works everywhere except with glibc on Linux 2.6.25, so it must be glibc/Linux which is broken." There's a whole long history of this kind of thing, and a whole long history of vendors (in a very general sense that includes free software developers) accommodating this kind of lossage. For example, why does C99 have the abomination "long long", even though 64 bit code could easily be accomodated by char/short/int/long? Because far too many people wrote code that assumed "long" was 32 bits, and the C compiler vendors didn't want to break that. (Well, and wanting to avoid breaking existing ABIs, which also
seems outside the purview of a language standard, and could have been dealt with in better ways.) Who got screwed? Those who could read the C89 standard, and made no assumptions about "long", except what was *promised* in the C89 standard: "long is the largest integer type".
But I'm not bitter.
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