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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] tools/lib/traceevent: Replace str_error_r() with an open coded implementation
Hmm.  Did you consider setting the ifdefs you can set to always get the POSIX version of strerror_r?

best,
Colin


On Fri, Oct 5, 2018, at 08:30, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Tue, 2 Oct 2018 17:55:39 -0400
> Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
>
> > From: "Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> >
> > While working on having PowerTop use libtracevent as a shared object
> > library, Tzvetomir hit "str_error_r not defined". This was added by commit
> > c3cec9e68f12d ("tools lib traceevent: Use str_error_r()") because
> > strerror_r() has two definitions, where one is GNU specific, and the other
> > is XSI complient. The strerror_r() is in a wrapper str_error_r() to keep the
> > code from having to worry about which compiler is being used.
> >
> > The problem is that str_error_r() is external to libtraceevent, and not part
> > of the library. If it is used as a shared object then the tools using it
> > will need to define that function. I do not want that function defined in
> > libtraceevent itself, as it is out of scope for that library.
> >
> > As there's only a single instance of this call, I replaced it with an open
> > coded algorithm that uses sys_nerr and sys_errlist error array with
> > strncpy() to place the error message in the given buffer. We don't need to
> > worry about the errors that strerror_r() returns. If the buffer isn't big
> > enough, we simply truncate it.
> >
> > The sys_nerr and sys_errlist idea was found here:
> >
> > http://www.club.cc.cmu.edu/~cmccabe/blog_strerror.html
> >
> > Cc: Colin Patrick McCabe <cmccabe@alumni.cmu.edu>
> > Reported-by: Tzvetomir Stoyanov <tstoyanov@vmware.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> > ---
> > Changes since v2:
> >
> > Use sys_nerr and sys_errlist idea.
> >
> > tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c | 9 +++++++--
> > 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c b/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
> > index 7980fc6c3bac..d23d10bc5314 100644
> > --- a/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
> > +++ b/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
> > @@ -18,7 +18,6 @@
> > #include <errno.h>
> > #include <stdint.h>
> > #include <limits.h>
> > -#include <linux/string.h>
> > #include <linux/time64.h>
> >
> > #include <netinet/in.h>
> > @@ -6215,7 +6214,13 @@ int tep_strerror(struct tep_handle *pevent __maybe_unused,
> > const char *msg;
> >
> > if (errnum >= 0) {
> > - str_error_r(errnum, buf, buflen);
> > + if (buflen > 0) {
> > + if (errnum < sys_nerr)
> > + strncpy(buf, sys_errlist[errnum], buflen);
> > + else
> > + snprintf(buf, buflen, "Unknown error %d", errnum);
> > + buf[buflen - 1] = 0;
> > + }
>
> Bah, I now get warnings that sys_nerr and sys_errlist are deprecated.
>
> OK, so going back to just using the racy strerror() should be good
> enough, as this incompatibility with strerror_r() is a disaster!
>
> -- Steve
>
>
> > return 0;
> > }
> >
>


C.

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