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Re: libc6! Cross compilation issues

On Sun, Dec 27, 1998 at 04:22:05PM -0500, Roland McGrath wrote:
> The current hurd <sys/params.h> does define NBBY, NGROUPS, MAXSYMLINKS,
> CANBSIZ, and NCARGS.  The NCARGS and NGROUPS definitions are fictitious,
> since there are no actual limits on those things.

Silly me, I quoted to much. Sorry.
> > Especially the last two are used frequently. 
> No program that uses them unconditionally complies to 1003.1-1996.

Granted (i don't have the standard here, but I believe you).

The question is, what to do with those programs? Is there a standard way to
rewrite the parts that are "broken"?
> > Notice that neither PATH_MAX nor OPEN_MAX are defined in Hurd, too.
> > 
> > Why?
> Because there are no limits.  Aside from runtime memory availability, there
> is no limit whatsoever on the length of a file name imposed by the system
> architecture (individual filesystems may have limits, which pathconf
> reports).  The only limit on open file descriptors is the soft resource
> limit settable with setrlimit(RLIM_NOFILE).

I suspected something like this.
> A POSIX-compliant program takes absence of these definitions to mean there
> is no limit determinable at compile-time, and uses sysconf or pathconf as
> appropriate to ascertain the run-time limits; in most cases, they can
> return -1 to indicate there is no ascertainable limit.  When that is true
> on the Hurd, that is what it returns.
> I can dig the standard out and quote chapter and verse if it would help.

Preferable would be a cut&paste approach to fix those programs in question
:) Maybe I should file bug reports, too. However, is it okay to insert a
fixed value just as a hack?

Thank you for your (quick!) reply,

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