make struct timeval posix compliant ?

Bruce Evans brde at
Tue Dec 4 18:34:25 PST 2007

On Tue, 4 Dec 2007, Matthieu Michaud wrote:

> Few months ago I sent a mail to stable at in the hope to discuss 
> struct timeval posix conformance in RELENG_6.
> Given the few answers, I may have targetted the wrong mailing list or this 
> change has no interest. So, here are the questions again :
> - Do you want FreeBSD 6 to conform posix specs for struct timeval ? (it's not 
> always a right thing to do to strictly conform standards)

No, but I don't use FreeBSD-6.

> - Is it ok to do it ? (if i'm correct there is a minor abi change and this 
> could be a strong reason to stay as is)

It is a huge ABI breakage for arches with 64-bit longs and 32-bit
time_t's (these seem to be only alpha, and i386 and powerpc with the
not-really-supported correctly-sized longs).  These could be ifdefed
like arm already is (ugh).

It is a minor API breakage/fix.


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