System headers with clang?

René Ladan rene at
Tue Oct 11 19:21:50 UTC 2011

2011/10/11 Garrett Cooper <yanegomi at>:
> On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM, Larry Rosenman <ler at> wrote:
>> On Wed, 12 Oct 2011, Matt Thyer wrote:
>>> On Oct 12, 2011 3:25 AM, "Larry Rosenman" <ler at> wrote:
>>>> I didn't say bug for bug, just not generate stupid errors like the ffs
>>> one.
>>>> --
>>>> Sent from my Android phone with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.
>>>> Chuck Swiger <cswiger at> wrote:
>>>> On Oct 11, 2011, at 6:59 AM, Larry Rosenman wrote:
>>>>> We will NOT support clang as the compiler for lsof unless the system
>>> headers work the same way as gcc's do.
>>>> That apparently means you won't support clang then, because it's not
>>> intended to be (or ever going to be) fully bug-for-bug "compatible" with
>>> GCC. In this case, at least, clang is reporting legitimate issues which
>>> should be fixed, even if folks continue to build lsof with GCC from now
>>> until the end of days.
>>> The elegant solution would be to avoid this problem altogether by
>>> re-implementation of lsof using interfaces into the kernel that provide
>>> the
>>> required information.
>>> bsdof anyone?
>> lsof is PORTABLE and available on LOTS of platforms.
>> We have fstat, but lsof can be used between differing OS's.
>> We've also asked for Kernel interfaces before, but no one volunteered
>> to make the KPI for them.
>> I'm sure if someone(tm) (not me, insufficient knowledge) was
>> to make interfaces for ALL that lsof needs, Vic would implement it
>> as it would make his life easier.
> It would be nice in general if there were sysctls for accessing this
> data as even utilities in base have libkvm magic sprinkled around with
> pointer magic by default instead of using the sysctl analogs (I'm
> referring to ifconfig, netstat, etc), and as noted by some.. using
> libkvm on live memory could be potentially; the only valid usage I can
> really think of is when dealing with .
> What data does Vic need to grab from the kernel in order to get the
> file descriptor data?
Just a quick note that FreeBSD 9 and later also have libprocstat which
could be a nice interface.  I haven't looked at the details yet though.


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