Subject: Re: CMSG_* problems
To: None <,>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 02/11/2007 23:42:12
> I can assure you that the author's [of RFC2292] assumed the buffer
> used for control messages would be properly aligned for deferencing
> cmsghdr structures and/or any other structure in buffer.

Which is exactly the problem I propose to fix - or, since that
interface is cast in stone by now, I propose to work around by
providing an interface permitting applications to process control
message buffers *withotu* making such assumptions.

It's ugly and fragile to assume such a thing, especially when it is not
documented anywhere (as far as I can see).  Worse, one of the most
popular architectures (i386) silently patches up unaligned accesses,
leading app authors to assume their code is fine, only to get a nasty
surprise upon trying to run it on something like a SPARC which gets
upset over misaligned accesses.

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