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Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2020 21:44:17 +0100
From: Sebastian Kemper <>
Subject: Cross-compiling and -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE

Hello list,

I'm working on updating apr in OpenWrt. During configure it uses TRY_RUN
a lot, so we have a lot of configure variables defined to point it into
the right direction.

With one variable I have some trouble: apr_cv_use_lfs64=yes. The trouble
is I don't know whether or not to set it.

It basically forces -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE to be included in the
CPPFLAGS. So my first impulse was to force it to "yes". But then I saw
some build logs from Alpine Linux:

checking whether the compiler provides atomic builtins... yes
checking whether to enable -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE... no
configure: Configured for Linux 4.14

So Alpine is not cross-compiling here, and the result is "no". And this
particular log is for i586 (I thought - before seeing this log - that
maybe -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE is needed for non-64-bit platforms).

The TRY_RUN that apr uses to find out whether to add
-D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE is pasted at the bottom of this mail. If I run
configure on my x86_64 glibc laptop it says "no". In the Alpine logs it
also says "no". If I search the Internet I find some old pastes where
the outcome was "yes", though. It kind of looks like the answer over
time changed from "yes" to "no", for no apparent reason (at least for

If it sets -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE it propagates the same flag to its
users via apr-1-config. In the apr sources I see the define also being
used occasionally.


#define stat(f,b) stat64(f,b)
#define lstat(f,b) lstat64(f,b)
#define fstat(f,b) fstat64(f,b)
#define lseek(f,o,w) lseek64(f,o,w)
#define ftruncate(f,l) ftruncate64(f,l)
typedef struct stat64 struct_stat;
typedef struct stat struct_stat;


    oflags |= O_LARGEFILE;
#elif defined(O_LARGEFILE)
    if (flag & APR_FOPEN_LARGEFILE) {
        oflags |= O_LARGEFILE;

I obviously would like LFS support, but I don't know about this
configure variable. I guess the correct answer must be one of these:

"Don't use it"
"Use it"
"Use it if condition X applies"

I guess this is a bit off-topic maybe. But I'm really running out of
ideas :) So if anybody can share some insight I'd really appreciate it.

Kind regards,

   AC_CACHE_CHECK([whether to enable -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE], [apr_cv_use_lfs64], [
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>

void main(void)
    int fd, ret = 0;
    struct stat64 st;
    off64_t off = 4242;

    if (sizeof(off64_t) != 8 || sizeof(off_t) != 4)
    if ((fd = open("conftest.lfs", O_LARGEFILE|O_CREAT|O_WRONLY, 0644)) < 0)
    if (ftruncate64(fd, off) != 0)
       ret = 3;
    else if (fstat64(fd, &st) != 0 || st.st_size != off)
       ret = 4;
    else if (lseek64(fd, off, SEEK_SET) != off)
       ret = 5;
    else if (close(fd) != 0)
       ret = 6;
    else if (lstat64("conftest.lfs", &st) != 0 || st.st_size != off)
       ret = 7;
    else if (stat64("conftest.lfs", &st) != 0 || st.st_size != off)
       ret = 8;

}], [apr_cv_use_lfs64=yes], [apr_cv_use_lfs64=no], [apr_cv_use_lfs64=no])
   if test "$apr_cv_use_lfs64" = "yes"; then

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