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bug#18592: FFI should have portable access to ‘errno’

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#18592: FFI should have portable access to ‘errno’
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:22:11 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)


Sorry for the long delay.

Chaos Eternal <address@hidden> skribis:

> Proposals to solve this bug:
> Proposal 1.
> Adding a keyword argument to pointer->procedure, if set to true, the
> generated wrapper will check 'errno' immediately after ffi_call and
> return the errno as second value.
> the proposed pointer->procedure maybe like this:
> pointer->procedure return_type func_ptr arg_types #:return-errno
> Proposal 2.
> let pointer->procedure check return_type, if it is a list:
> (func_return_type, 'errno)
> then return multiple values, as errno be second value.

That’s my favorite because it’s both pragmatic and extensible (we can
also add support for h_errno, etc.)

> Proposal 3.
> introduce another procedure "pointers->procedure", which will pack
> multiple function pointer into one procedure, in this procedure, the
> packed functions will be called in sequence, and their return value
> will be returned as multiple values.
> the interface would be like this:
> pointers->procedure (list-of-return-type) (list-of-pointers) (list-of 
> arg-defs)
> also, we need a simple c-function deref-pointer-to-int, which will
> de-reference a pointer and return it's int value.
> using above tools, a proper system call with errno be returned could
> be like this:
> ((pointers->procedure
>     (list int int)
>     (list pointer-of-inotify-add-watch pointer-of-deref-pointer-to-int)
>     (list (list int '* int) (list '*)))
>  (list inotify-fd "path-to-watch" watch-flag) (list pointer-of-errno))

The problem is that POINTER-OF-ERRNO does not necessarily exist and
cannot be obtained portably.

Also, I find the interface a bit clumsy.

So my support goes to #2.  Would you like to give it a try?

Thanks for your input!


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