Re: [dev] on a potential libc replacement

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 13:58:26 -0400

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 06:56:14PM +0200, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
>> It's possible to write portable code that utilizes platform (or
>> architecture) specific code. You need to segregate the portable
>> portions from the unportable portions, so that porting only
>> requires writing some system call stubs for each new host OS,
>i agree mostly, but in an ideal world syscalls would be those
>"unportable stubs" themselfs, hence my comment

That's exactly what I said. The basic system calls are defined
by POSIX. Aside from that, you need architecture and
system-specific long jump procedures, among other things, and
ideally some tuned string and math procedures.

>however i still maintain that a posix conformant, portable lib is
>unreasonably difficult (even a posix conformant portable ioctl
>implementation would be a hell..)

I don't agree.

>> Malloc can be implemented in pure C, assuming that the library
>> already implements mmap or sbrk.
>i meant standard c, but yes malloc is not the best example so add
>signal and raise to the list instead

There's no reason that signal(2) and raise(2) can't be
implemented in pure C, aside from the usual syscall machinery.
They're usually implemented as system calls.

Kris Maglione
I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is
	--Dwight Eisenhower
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