[issue12837] Patch for issue #12810 removed a valid check on socket ancillary data
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Sun Aug 28 18:27:38 CEST 2011
Charles-François Natali <neologix at free.fr> added the comment:
Thanks for the patch.
For the record, here's Linus Torvalds' opinion on this whole socklen_t confusion:
_Any_ sane library _must_ have "socklen_t" be the same size as int. Anything else breaks any BSD socket layer stuff. POSIX initially did make it a size_t, and I (and
hopefully others, but obviously not too many) complained to them very loudly indeed. Making it a size_t is completely broken, exactly because size_t very seldom is the
same size as "int" on 64-bit architectures, for example. And it has to be the same size as "int" because that's what the BSD socket interface is. Anyway, the POSIX
people eventually got a clue, and created "socklen_t". They shouldn't have touched it in the first place, but once they did they felt it had to have a named type for
some unfathomable reason (probably somebody didn't like losing face over having done the original stupid thing, so they silently just renamed their blunder).
resolution: -> fixed
stage: -> committed/rejected
status: open -> closed
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