Re: [PATCH] IA64 build broken... cond_syscall()... Fixes?

From: Andrew Morton <>
Date: 2004-11-02 15:18:08
Peter Chubb <> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>    The kernel 2.6 IA64 build has been broken for several days (see
> )
> The reason is that cond_syscall() for IA64 is defined as:
>   #define cond_syscall(x) asmlinkage long x (void) \
> 	__attribute__((weak,alias("sys_ni_syscall")))   
> which of course doesn't work if there's a prototype in scope for x,
> unless the type of x just happens to be the same as for sys_ni_syscall.
> Changing to the type-safe version
>    #define cond_syscall(x) __typeof__ (x) x \
> 	   __attribute__((weak,alias("sys_ni_syscall")));
> gives an error, e.g., 
>  error: `compat_sys_futex' defined both normally and as an alias

Yeah, it's a real bitch, that.

> Most architectures use inline assembly language which avoids the
> problem.  However, we don't want to do this for IA64, to allow
> compilers other than gcc to be used (in general, gcc generated code
> for IA64 is extremely poor).
> There are several ways to fix this.  The simple way is to ensure that
> there are no prototypes for any system calls included in kernel/sys.c
> (the only place where cond_syscall is used).  That's what this patch
> does:

But I bet it introduces various nasty warnings or type-unsafety on other

Shouldn't we just bite the bullet and hoist all that cond_syscall stuff out
into its own .c file?
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Received on Mon Nov 1 22:28:22 2004

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