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Re: Does e2fsprogs-1.26 work on mips?

To: Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: Does e2fsprogs-1.26 work on mips?
From: "H . J . Lu" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 01:28:19 -0800
Cc:,, linux kernel <>, GNU C Library <>
In-reply-to: <>; from on Sat, Mar 23, 2002 at 11:03:30PM -0800
References: <> <> <> <>
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On Sat, Mar 23, 2002 at 11:03:30PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> "H . J . Lu" wrote:
> > 
> > ...
> > RLIM_INFINITY is not ((unsigned long)(~0UL)). Also you can't assume
> > the type of rlim.rlim_cur.
> > 
> > Here is a patch.
> > 
> I suspect it's not right.
> I don't pretend to understand the details, but they're
> messy.   See Ted's recent words at

I look at the glibc code. It uses a constant RLIM_INFINITY for a given
arch. The user always passes (~0UL) to glibc on x86. glibc will check
if the kernel supports the new getrlimit at the run time. If it
doesn't, glibc will adjust the RLIM_INFINITY for setrlimit. I don't see
how glibc 2.2.5 compiled under kernel 2.2 will fail under 2.4 due to
this unless glibc is misconfigureed or miscompiled.

> (Sorry - I should have dug that message out earlier).

The problem is not all arches use (~0UL) for RLIM_INFINITY.

# cd linux/include
# grep RLIM_INFINITY asm-*/resource.h | grep define
asm-alpha/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY      0x7ffffffffffffffful
asm-arm/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY        (~0UL)
asm-cris/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY       (~0UL)
asm-i386/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY       (~0UL)
asm-ia64/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY  (~0UL)
asm-m68k/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY       (~0UL)
asm-mips64/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY  (~0UL)
asm-mips/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY       0x7fffffffUL
asm-parisc/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY   (~0UL)
asm-ppc/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY        (~0UL)
asm-s390/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY   (~0UL)
asm-s390x/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY   (~0UL)
asm-sh/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY (~0UL)
asm-sparc64/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY    (~0UL)
asm-sparc/resource.h:#define RLIM_INFINITY      0x7fffffff

What should we do about it? I know e2fsprogs-1.26 doesn't work on mips
nor alpha because of this. I don't think it works on sparc.

BTW, mips has

 * SuS says limits have to be unsigned.
 * Which makes a ton more sense anyway.
#define RLIM_INFINITY   0x7fffffffUL

It doesn't make any senes.


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