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Subjecty2038 kernel status update
Hi everyone,

A lot of things have happened in the move to make the kernel y2038
ready in recent times. I've sent out new patches recently but will be
on vacation for the next few weeks, so here's a quick update on where
we are today with recent changes and work in progress:

- A large number of small driver fixes got merged into linux-4.16.
Many of these were old patches I had done a while ago but that had
not made it in yet. There are a few dozen more of these coming, but
those have some dependency.

- Deepa Dinamani has done a lot of the groundwork for the system
call conversion. Her latest patch series that got merged now finally
adds new system call entry points for timekeeping related syscalls. They
are not wired up yet, but now we have a template for the remaining ones,
and we have sorted out the header file dependencies.

- I just sent a pull request for a second chunk of system calls:
The sysvipc semtimedop, semctl/shmctl/msgctl and
mq_timedsend/mq_timedreceive calls. I have more patches for most of
the remaining calls, and they should be simpler (this one was rather
tricky). A full list can be found in a spreadsheet I made[2].

- Baolin Wang has worked on RTC related issues and most recently
posted a series to convert the user space ABI for ALSA. This is
currently under discussion.

- The most complicated remaining part is the conversion of
the VFS layer. Deepa is getting a new series for this ready after
having done some groundwork over the past years. The current idea is
to have a flag-day patch using coccinelle to change the inode, iattr
and kstat structures over at the same time. Many file systems will
require further changes after that, but those can be done individually
through their respective maintainers.

- Firoz Khan has started looking at the system call entry
points in the architectures. We want to add the new system calls to
all 32-bit architectures at once, in order to have a baseline release
that C libraries can rely on for implementing 64-bit time_t on all
architectures. Even after the architecture removal series, we still
have over a dozen different syscall tables and each one is laid out
slightly differently, which makes it hard to change. To improve this,
Firoz is preparing a series that changes
all architectures to use a common table format as used by x86, arm
and s390 today.

- I have collected all those patches in a git tree [1] for testing.
This currently has updated system call entry points for 32-bit ARM
and x86, but no others so far. The system call numbers *will* change
before it gets merged, so be careful when building user space based
on this, but it should be a starting point for testing. I definitely
expect this to contain bugs still, especially to the end of the series,
but the start of it should be fairly solid. Some patches are marked
as work-in-progress or don't contain a proper changelog text. Those
will still get reworked before a first version is posted to the
mainling lists.

- There are two notable areas not included in that tree today:
v4l and socket timestamps. I've had patches for both in the past but
they need to be reworked.

Arnd

[1] https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/arnd/playground.git/log/?h=y2038-next
[2] https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HCYwHXxs48TsTb6IGUduNjQnmfRvMPzCN6T_0YiQwis/

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