[Mingw-users] socklen_t data type

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Keith Marshall keith****@users*****
Tue Jun 30 15:54:18 JST 2020

On 30/06/2020 03:32, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> From: Keith Marshall <keith****@users*****>
>> Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:34:58 +0100
>>> This causes trouble when compiling a recent GDB: both Gnulib and
>>> GDB's own sources assume that socklen_t is a signed int.  Moreover,
>>> winsock functions like 'accept' and 'getsockname', expect an 'int *'
>>> type of their last argument, and it is customary to pass a 
>>> 'socklen_t *' value there.
>> Ouch!  I'm guessing that the difference in "signedness" raises warnings,
>> at best, and possibly even incompatible type conflict errors?
> GDB is a C++ program these days, and is compiled with -fpermissive, so
> this causes errors.

Surely -fpermissive relaxes the error checking for type conflicts,
(possibly among other conditions -- I don't know what its scope is), so
such errors would be downgraded to warnings.  Do you, perhaps, mean that
GDB is compiled _without_ -fpermissive?

>> so if it makes life easier, feel free to modify your local copy, and
>> I'll revert that change for future releases.
> Done; thanks.

There's more to it.  As I reported in:


a primary motivator for the change to unsigned socklen_t was to avoid a
proliferation of casts in <wspiapi.h>, (of which, at the time, I seemed
to be writing quite a number).  Reviewing it again, I seem to have ended
up with only one such cast which remains necessary, at line 917:

   if( (sa == NULL) || (len < sizeof( struct sockaddr )) )

With reversion to signed socklen_t, this should become:

   if( (sa == NULL) || (len < (socklen_t)(sizeof( struct sockaddr ))) )

BTW, it was compiling my <wspiapi,h> test program with C++, to verify
this, which led me to conclude that your understanding of -fpermissive
may be inverted.


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