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Date:	Sun, 08 Nov 2009 15:31:23 -0800
From: (Eric W. Biederman)
To:	Russell King <>
Cc:	Andrew Morton <>,, Leo Chen <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 22/23] sysctl arm: Remove binary sysctl support

Russell King <> writes:

> On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 02:45:36PM -0800, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Russell King <> writes:
>> >
>> > NAK.  Glibc uses these numeric sysctls to support ioperm emulation on ARM.
>> > Therefore, removal of these numeric sysctls breaks that user interface:
>> >
>> >   static int iobase_name[] = { CTL_BUS, BUS_ISA, BUS_ISA_PORT_BASE };
>> >   static int ioshift_name[] = { CTL_BUS, BUS_ISA, BUS_ISA_PORT_SHIFT };
>> >   if (! sysctl (iobase_name, 3, &io.io_base, &len, NULL, 0)
>> >       && ! sysctl (ioshift_name, 3, &io.shift, &len, NULL, 0))
>> >     {
>> >       io.initdone = 1;
>> >       return 0;
>> >     }
>> Those still exist in sysctl_binary.c are provided by reading
>> /proc/sys/bus/isa/membase, /proc/sys/bus/isa/portbase, and
>> /proc/sys/bus/isa/portshift.
>> The practical difference is that /proc support now must be compiled
>> in to support sys_sysctl.
> Have you checked whether glibc supports reading these from procfs rather
> than sysfs using the code as it stands above?
> If not, continued NAK due to user visible ABI change which will cause
> breakage.

There is not a user visible ABI change.  Just a massive implementation change.
The only user visible change is that CONFIG_SYS_SYSCALL now depends on

The implementation of sys_sysctl in binary_sysctl.c will now read
/proc/sys/bus/isa/portbase and using vfs_read convert the text string
to a binary integer and return it to glibc in the form sys_sysctl has
always used.

And yes, as of glibc-ports-10.1 the arm implementation of ioperm still
depends on the binary sys_sysctl implementation to get this information.

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