Re: [hackers] [PATCH] [sbase] Include sysmacros.h directly rather than types.h

From: David Phillips <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2018 23:58:54 +1200

On Mon, Jul 02, 2018 at 01:20:42PM +0200, Quentin Rameau wrote:
> Ok, the makedev(3) manpage from the man-pages states this indeed:
> The BSDs expose the definitions for these macros via <sys/types.h>.
> Depending on the version, glibc also exposes definitions for these
> macros from that header file if suitable feature test macros are
> defined. However, this behavior was deprecated in glibc 2.25, and since
> glibc 2.28, <sys/types.h> no longer provides these definitions.
> musl still includes <sys/sysmacros.h> from <sys/types.h> so maybe we
> would only need an #ifdef __GLIBC__ thereā€¦
> Or a more complicated
> #ifdef __GLIBC__
> #if __GLIBC_PREREQ(2, 25)
> #include <sys/sysmacro.h>
> #endif
> #else
> #include <sys/types.h>
> #endif

To simplify things on our side, couldn't we just include
<sys/sysmacros.h> if linking against glibc, regardless of its

It sounds like glibc has defined these in <sys/sysmacros.h>
for a while into the past (citation needed) and all that
is going to change is the inclusion of this file from types.h

I know it's less "correct", but it doesn't seem prone to
breakage if that assumption is correct.

Might not be worth the slight increase in clarity though, not
really sure.

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