siginfo & 32 bits compat, what is the story ?

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 02:37:53 EST

Hi folks !

So I've been playing around the siginfo copy code for 32 bits
processes on ppc64 and found some interesting stuffs that I don't
know how to fix at this point.

So I rewrote the routine copying a siginfo to a 32 bits one in
a way that is similar to s390 (that's part of the ppc64 message
queue patch I sent earlier). However, I just noticed we also do
the opposite conversion for the sys32_rt_sigqueueinfo syscall,
and we do it "the old way" (based on signal number, which is
apparently incorrect).

Now my question: What to copy ? I suppose I need at least to
be consistent between the 2 functions between what is done for
a userland siginfo. Right now, I am not. I followed Stephen
suggestions and I'm copying the whole padding after the first
3 fields in the 64 -> 32 bits copy, but the opposite conversion
function that I just noticed will explicitely copy/convert some
fields (si_pid, si_uid and si_int).

I looked at x86-64, and they always copy/convert those 3 fields,
never copy the rest of the siginfo. I looked at s390 and they do
the opposite: just copy the rest of the structure...

So I suppose I need to choose between those 2 methods and be
consistent between the 32->64 and 64->32 routines, but which one ?


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