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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 02:19:31 +0100
From: Andreas Dröscher <>
Subject: Re: mips32 little endian -ENOSYS is not -(-ENOSYS)

Am 11.03.20 um 01:55 schrieb Rich Felker:
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 10:10:15PM +0100, Andreas Dröscher wrote:
>> Hi
>> I'm building a new toolchain for a very old hardware with a very old
>> Linux Kernel (2.6.20). The CPU is a Alchemy (now AMD) AU1100
>> (production was discontinued).
>> Obviously the Kernel lacks a lot of the modern system calls. I
>> however expect the general system call interface to be consistent.
>> Moreover, musl has fallbacks for many system-calls in place, kudos!
>> However, the fallback is never triggered. I will present the issue
>> on one example (epoll):
>> excerpt from src/linux/epoll.c:
>> int epoll_create1(int flags)
>> {
>> int r = __syscall(SYS_epoll_create1, flags);
>> #ifdef SYS_epoll_create
>> if (r==-ENOSYS && !flags) r = __syscall(SYS_epoll_create, 1);
>> #endif
>> return __syscall_ret(r);
>> }
>> If r is -89 (negative ENOSYS) the fallback is triggered else the
>> result is returned as it is. However, in my case __syscall returnes
>> 89 (positive ENOSYS).
>> I've tracked the return into the kernel and there the negative value
>> is returned. The Kernel additionally sets r7 to 1.
>> excerpt from arch/mips/syscall_arch.h:
>> static inline long __syscall1(long n, long a)
>> {
>> register long r4 __asm__("$4") = a;
>> register long r7 __asm__("$7");
>> register long r2 __asm__("$2") = n;
>> __asm__ __volatile__ (
>> "syscall"
>> : "+r"(r2), "=r"(r7)
>> : "r"(r4)
>> : SYSCALL_CLOBBERLIST, "$8", "$9", "$10");
>> return r7 ? -r2 : r2;
>> }
>> I assume the "bug" is triggered by __syscall1 If r7 is set it will
>> change the sign of r2. I can patch that by replacing:
>> return r7 ? -r2 : r2;
>> with
>> return (r7 && r2 > 0) ? -r2 : r2;
>> However I've no idea if I'm triggering any side effects or if I
>> selected the wrong implementation for my architecture.
> It sounds like what you're saying is that the ENOSYS codepath for
> mips, at least on your old kernel, is not setting the error flag in r7
> and returning ENOSYS in r2, but is instead returning -ENOSYS already
> (and not clear whether it's setting r7 at all or just leaving a stale
> value there).
> Can anyone else confirm this, or point to kernel history that might
> suggest it's a real bug? Your workaround looks like it should at least
> be *safe* to do, and probably the right thing if this was/is a real
> kernel bug in the official kernel rather than something some vendor
> broke in their fork.
> Rich

Sorry for not including that excerpt in the first place:

	li	v0, -ENOSYS			# error
	sw	v0, PT_R2(sp)
	li	t0, 1				# set error flag
	sw	t0, PT_R7(sp)
	j	o32_syscall_exit


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