[RFC] kernel/libc uapi changes for y2038

In the patch series I posted recently [1], I introduce new system calls to deal
with modified data structures, but left the question open on how these should
be best accessed from libc. The patches introduce a new __kernel_time64_t type
and based on that five new data structured: struct __kernel_timespec,
struct __kernel_itimerspec, struct __kernel_stat, struct __kernel_rusage,
and struct __kernel_timex. This works fine for the case when all libc
implementations provide their own definitions to user space, but not for
the simplest case (e.g. klibc) where the user-visible structures come directly
from the kernel uapi headers.

I still don't know what model the various libc developers prefer, so here is
an alternative approach, as a patch on top of the previous series:

Now, we rename the original structures to struct __old_kernel_*, and use a
macro to define either the __old_kernel_* or the __kernel_* structure name
to the name we actually want in user space, based on a __KERNEL_TIME_BITS
macro that can be set to either 32 or 64 for 32-bit architectures by
the libc. Depending on that macro, the compiler will either see one
of these combinations (for each of the five structures):

a) __BITS_PER_LONG == 32 && __KERNEL_TIME_BITS == 32:

   struct timespec              based on 32-bit __kernel_time_t
   struct __kernel_timespec     based on 64-bit __kernel_time64_t

b) __BITS_PER_LONG == 64 && __KERNEL_TIME_BITS == 64:

   struct timespec              based on 64-bit __kernel_time_t
   struct __kernel_timespec     based on 64-bit __kernel_time64_t

c) __BITS_PER_LONG == 32 && __KERNEL_TIME_BITS == 64:

   struct __old_kernel_timespec based on 32-bit __kernel_time_t
   struct timespec              based on 64-bit __kernel_time64_t

Would this work for everyone?  Any alternative suggestions?


[1] http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/arnd/playground.git/log/?h=y2038-syscalls

Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>
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