[CFR] correct type of addrinfo.ai_addrlen and netent.n_net
imp at bsdimp.com
Tue May 31 13:05:49 PDT 2005
> Warner Losh <imp at bsdimp.com> writes:
> > Dag-Erling Smørgrav <des at des.no> writes:
> > > What do we gain from removing the padding? Is there even a single
> > > practical benefit to doing so?
> > It is for posix compatibility.
> Nonsense. POSIX does not forbid padding or additional structure
> members. The exact wording is:
> > The <netdb.h> header shall define the addrinfo structure that includes
> > at least the following members:
> > int ai_flags Input flags.
> > int ai_family Address family of socket.
> > int ai_socktype Socket type.
> > int ai_protocol Protocol of socket.
> > socklen_t ai_addrlen Length of socket address.
> > struct sockaddr *ai_addr Socket address of socket.
> > char *ai_canonname Canonical name of service location.
> > struct addrinfo *ai_next Pointer to next in list.
Did you bother reading what I posted? I don't think so since you'd
have known that ai_addrlen was changed to be socklen_t for posix
compliance, and the padding was added for ABI compatibility. The
removal of padding is the normal sort of thing that's done during
major revisions. It was there, indirectly, for POSIX compliance.
Maybe the padding removal is too painful given all the extra 'oh, by
the ways' that we're stumbling over.
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