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Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:58:16 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To: Justine Tunney <>
Subject: Re: musl nice() posix compliance issue

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:17:37AM -0700, Justine Tunney wrote:
> According to Python 2.7 autoconf, musl's nice() function needs to do this.
> I checked latest release and HEAD.
>    C library/kernel differences
>        POSIX.1 specifies that nice() should return the new nice value.
> However, the raw Linux system call returns 0 on success.  Likewise, the
> nice() wrapper function provided in glibc 2.2.3 and
>        earlier returns 0 on success.

This analysis seems correct, and from what I can tell, the SYS_nice
syscall simply isn't usable to implement nice() because it doesn't
provide the resulting nice level. So I think we have to fully drop use
of it. OTOH SYS_get/setpriority are also problematic because of
non-atomicity; we can and probably should try to patch that up by
blocking signals and taking a lock around the operation -- but I'm not
sure Linux even correctly applies the priority to all threads rather
than just the calling thread, anyway... Do you know?


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