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SubjectRe: For review: pid_namespaces(7) man page
On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM, Rob Landley <> wrote:
> On 03/03/2013 10:03:55 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Rob Landley <> writes:
>> > On 03/01/2013 03:57:40 AM, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>> >> > And yet the glibc guys insist on #define
>> >> > order to access this Linux-specific feature which has nothing
>> >> whatsoever to
>> >> > do with the FSF.
>> >>
>> >> This is a misunderstanding. _GNU_SOURCE is the standard way to expose
>> >> Linux-specific functionality from POSIX header files.
>> >
>> > What standard? The Linux kernel is not, and never was, part of the GNU
>> > project.
>> Is the argument that there should be a _LINUX_SOURCE directive in glibc
>> for this?
> If you don't #define any feature test macros at all, you get a bunch of
> and so on) defined by default in features.h. If you start defining macros,
> several of the default ones _go_away_, and you start missing things that are
> defined by posix-2008. Yes, defining feature test macros makes definitions
> _vanish_ out of the headers, which means feature test macros can actually
> reduce code portability.

This has nothing to do with reducing portability; have a (careful)
read of feature_test_macros(7).


> The new did an _ALL_SOURCE macro that just enables every
> feature test macro they implemented. (That's its definition, it's the
> feature test macro that says feature test macros area bad idea.)
>> Although come to think of it I can't imagine how <sched.h> is a POSIX
>> header. Last I looked it only had linux specific bits in it. Which
>> makes needing any kind of #define strange.
> My objection is that Linux system calls are not part of the GNU project.
> Requiring that macro to get Linux system calls out of bionic, uClibc, klibc,
> musl, olibc, dietlibc, or newlib is _silly_. It's the "GNU/Linux" prefix
> imposed on the source level, and it's a fairly recent development (I've only
> noticed it since 2008 or so).

The macro has been present since at least glibc 2.0 (1997).



Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer;
Author of "The Linux Programming Interface";

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