userapi: message versioning

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Mon Jul 21 13:37:00 PDT 2003

:Matthew Dillon wrote:
:>     My current thinking is to make the emulation layer responsible for
:>     all version matching.
:>     Here's the idea... all binaries in the system will generally be tagged
:>     with a build version using a non-debug symbol in the binary and/or 
:>     tagged in the ELF binary or as a file attribute.
:Will this work for statically compiled applications?

   The emulation layer runs in userland but is managed by the kernel.  Static
   vs Dynamic binaries are irrelevant.   From the userland's point of view
   (for programs that are compiled natively) the emulation layer is simply
   a more convenient way of doing a system call.

:>     For the kernel messaging side of things I propose that all system calls
:>     which transfer complex structures, such as stat*(), getdirentries(),
:>     etc... take and return data as a resource list rather then as a static
:>     structure.
:The userapi would be responsible for translation to and from the 
:resource list?
:That would be pretty slick, the resource list would automatically be the 
:template I was thinking about earlier, and marshalling the message for 
:transition to MachLand or passing it over the network would be almost 

    Correct.  The emulation layer provides standard unix calls to the userland,
    like stat(), and will be responsible for taking the list results from the
    kernel's stat() and loading up the stat structure with them.

    Very trivial, and both forwards AND backwards compatible.  We would be
    able to add arbitrary elements to what the kernel stat returns and the
    emulation layer will simply ignore what it doesn't understand.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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