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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 29/29] y2038: add 64-bit time_t syscalls to all 32-bit architectures
On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:53:25AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:33 AM Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 7:50 PM Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 8:25 AM Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> > > > - Once we get to 512, we clash with the x32 numbers (unless
> > > > we remove x32 support first), and probably have to skip
> > > > a few more. I also considered using the 512..547 space
> > > > for 32-bit-only calls (which never clash with x32), but
> > > > that also seems to add a bit of complexity.
> > >
> > > I have a patch that I'll send soon to make x32 use its own table. As
> > > far as I'm concerned, 547 is *it*. 548 is just a normal number and is
> > > not special. But let's please not reuse 512..547 for other purposes
> > > on x86 variants -- that way lies even more confusion, IMO.
> >
> > Fair enough, the space for those numbers is cheap enough here.
> > I take it you mean we also should not reuse that number space if
> > we were to decide to remove x32 soon, but you are not worried
> > about clashing with arch/alpha when everything else uses consistent
> > numbers?
> >
> I think we have two issues if we reuse those numbers for new syscalls.
> First, I'd really like to see new syscalls be numbered consistently
> everywhere, or at least on all x86 variants, and we can't on x32
> because they mean something else. Perhaps more importantly, due to
> what is arguably a rather severe bug, issuing a native x86_64 syscall
> (x32 bit clear) with nr in the range 512..547 does *not* return
> -ENOSYS on a kernel with x32 enabled. Instead it does something that
> is somewhat arbitrary. With my patch applied, it will return -ENOSYS,
> but old kernels will still exist, and this will break syscall probing.
> Can we perhaps just start the consistent numbers above 547 or maybe
> block out 512..547 in the new regime?

I don't think you gain much with that kind of scheme - it won't take
very long before an architecture misses having a syscall added, and
then someone else adds their own. Been there with ARM - I was keeping
the syscall table in the same order as x86 for new syscalls, but now
that others have been adding syscalls to the table since I converted
ARM to the tabular form, that's now gone out the window.

So, I think it's completely pointless to do what you're suggesting.
We'll just end up with a big hole in the middle of the syscall table
and then revert back to random numbering of syscalls thereafter again.

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