standards/142255: scandir prototype in dirent.h isn't compliant with POSIX 2008

Bruce Evans brde at
Thu Jan 7 16:01:44 UTC 2010

On Wed, 6 Jan 2010, Garrett Wollman wrote:

> <<On Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:00:11 GMT, Kostik Belousov <kostikbel at> said:

> I believe someone at least complained about the Standard's broken
> prototypes, subsequent to the approval of the current standard,
> although I don't recall what the outcome was.

There's no trace of it in the opengroup man page for alphasort+scandir
most easily found by google (not clear how recent or authoritative this
is), and I couldn't find the complaint either.

>>  @@ -95,7 +95,7 @@ typedef	void *	DIR;
>>   #if __BSD_VISIBLE
>>   DIR	*__opendir2(const char *, int);
>>  -int	 alphasort(const void *, const void *);
>>  +int	 alphasort(const struct dirent **, const struct dirent **);
>>   int	 getdents(int, char *, int);
>>   int	 getdirentries(int, char *, int, long *);
>>   #endif
> If we're going to break the historical 4.4BSD prototype to match the
> broken one in SUSv4, the declaration should be moved to an appropriate
> section of the header file.  (I haven't checked -- is this interface
> in the base standard or the XSI option?  If the latter we should just
> ignore it -- we should not be trying to implement XSI's mistakes.)

This is done.

What do you think about the single `const' in the broken prototypes?
For fts, you preserved the struct pointer part of the brokenness but
added a second `const'.  I suppose the Standard intentionally left out
the second `const' for the same reasons as for execve() and strtol().


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