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Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:05:22 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: time64 switchover -- distro plans?

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 06:52:04AM -0500, A. Wilcox wrote:
> On 26/10/2019 23:08, Rich Felker wrote:
> > This thread is a call for feedback from distros (or other
> > similarly-situated systems integrators) using musl with 32-bit archs.
> > Everything is moving smoothly on my side for upcoming time64
> > switchover which will be included in the next release, 1.2.0. But with
> > this involving ABI issues between packages and changes that some
> > software may not be ready for, it will likely be at least somewhat
> > disruptive to distros/users.
> > 
> > In particular:
> > 
> > * Are there resources I could/should make available that will help
> >   things go smoothly?
> > 
> > * Are you available for testing building and running packages against
> >   time64 musl prior to release?
> We can launch a full distro build against any given musl commit on
> 32-bit PowerPC and ARM (v7).  We have test suites enabled on 1280 of our
> 2087 packages (~61%) so that should help find bugs if any.  I can also
> then install it on a Power Mac G4 and a Raspberry Pi 2 we have set aside
> for testing experimental changes.


> It'd be much more difficult, but if nobody else offers i586 testing, we
> *may* be able to do that as well.  Let us know.

I think adding further 32-bit archs to test has diminishing returns.
The big thing is to catch and be prepared for packages that might
break when building with 64-bit time_t. I can think of various ways
this could happen, for example attempts to declare and use functions
without including the appropriate header, or without a declaration at
all. Also, using %ld for printing time_t (already broken for x32 but
nobody uses or tests x32 so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And of course, aside for preparedness for packages breaking from bugs
on their end, there's the matter of finding bugs on the musl side.
These will almost surely not be arch-dependent, but high-level errors
at the C source level.

One other area of testing that would be useful, and far easier than
rebuilding, is dropping a time64 into an existing distro build
with 32-bit time_t, to see if you hit any bugs with compat shims. I
did a minimal level of this with Adélie Linux in a container when I
first got time64 and the shims to a testable level towards the end of
the summer, and found and fixed a few bugs.

> > I'll also be building and testing some software on i386 and sh at
> > least; I already started with busybox, which just got the main
> > time64-readiness issue I was aware of fixed.
> > 
> > I think I'll push the last of the time64 patches within the next week,
> > possibly sooner, meaning "distros start testing" is a thing that could
> > begin really soon if anyone's up for it.
> We would probably be ready for this in November.

Timing sounds good too. I'm doing final review before push now so
the changes will be upstream soon in plenty of time for that, and aim
for release is "sometime" in November.


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