struct timeval

Bill Fenner fenner at
Wed Jul 30 21:52:54 PDT 2003

I think we can do this with old-binary-on-new-kernel compatability,
by putting in explicit padding that can be zeroed by the kernel.
new-binary-on-old-kernel should also work, since the explicit padding
in the struct can put the time_t in the right place.

My strawman is something like:

struct timeval {
#ifdef __sparc64__
	uint32_t	__pad;
	time_t		tv_sec;
#ifdef __alpha__
	uint32_t	__pad;
	suseconds_t	tv_usec;

and anything that returns a timeval has to

#if defined(__sparc64__) || defined(__alpha__)
	tv->__pad = 0;

POSIX 1003.1-2001 says:

sys/time.h - time types

#include <sys/time.h> 

The <sys/time.h> header shall define the timeval structure that includes
at least the following members:

time_t         tv_sec      Seconds.
suseconds_t    tv_usec     Microseconds. 

so the optional padding is OK and the type of tv_sec is correct.


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