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Re: 64-bit syscall ABI issue

To: David Miller <>
Subject: Re: 64-bit syscall ABI issue
From: "H. Peter Anvin" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 17:04:12 -0700
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David Miller wrote:
> From: "Joseph S. Myers" <>
> Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 20:56:57 +0000 (UTC)
> [ added linux-arch which is a great place to discuss these
>   kinds of issues. ]
>> What should the kernel syscall ABI be in such cases (any case where the 
>> syscall implementations expect arguments narrower than registers, so 
>> mainly 32-bit arguments on 64-bit platforms)?  There are two obvious 
>> possibilities:
> In general we've taken the stance that the syscall dispatch
> should create the proper calling environment for C code
> implementing the system calls, and this thus means properly
> sign and zero extending the arguments as expected by the C
> calling convention.

This is, in fact, rather fundamental (some ABIs don't require sign or
zero extension, e.g. x86-64); otherwise libc's job becomes a whole lot


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