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Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 15:53:01 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Daily reports: Friday

Luka, Rich -

On Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 12:41:02AM +0200, Luka Mar??eti?? wrote:
> I wanted to move on to task number 8, but I had some questions. I asked 
> Rich via XMPP about them, but I guess he's still out.

OK, let's wait for Rich's comments on this.  BTW, chances are that the
RLIMIT_NPROC check on setuid(2) and friends will be removed from future

I understand that Rich's proposed tests are about the libc wrapper
functions that are thread-aware rather than about syscalls, yet I felt
the above was relevant to the tests.

> So in the meantime 
> I started doing task number 6 (which is the next one in line, skipping 
> some incomplete ones). I have the basic structure, and will be making a 
> commit in an hour or so, however I'm not sure what method to employ to 
> search for the specified type of functions. Hopefully I'll have an idea 
> by tomorrow (you're welcome to contribute - specific keywords to grep 
> for, for instance?).

I'm afraid that you'll need to manually review function lists, but you
may also use tricks like grepping function prototypes for size_t inside
the argument list.

There's some overlap with 1 ("String operations testing"), though.
Maybe for string functions, this check should be one of those performed
as part of those tests, whereas 6 ("Functions which return strings in
caller-provided buffers") should focus on other functions - things such
as getcwd().  Or maybe not.  Just a thought.

> So again, my plan is finishing 6 first (right now it's called strn.c), 
> then moving on to 8.

Sounds fine to me.  Why not 7 ("Functions which manipulate temp copies
of an argument string"), though?  BTW, let's refer to these things not
only by number, which is error-prone and excludes most members of this
mailing list from participating in the discussion.  For others watching
this discussion and not knowing what the numbers are about:

> P.S. This may be a double-post. If it is, my apologies.

I got only one copy of it.  I find the ever-changing Subjects with
preserved Re: on them weird, though.



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