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pluginprocess.c is not C99 #2061

markus2330 opened this Issue Jun 9, 2018 · 3 comments


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markus2330 commented Jun 9, 2018

In the discussions in #2056 we found that pluginprocess.c contains non-C99 code.

  • src/libs/pluginprocess/pluginprocess.c:275:6: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘mkdtemp’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration
  • src/libs/pluginprocess/pluginprocess.c:275:30: warning: comparison between pointer and integer

EDIT: The second warning seems to be only a aftereffect of the first warning.


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e1528532 commented Jun 9, 2018

mkdtemp is probably the best way to create a temporary directory though and i think i had a warning when using mktemp (though i don't remember exactly). It should be defined in stdlib.h present in pluginprocess.c according to , though its probably newer than C99 i guess. How do we generally deal with such issues?


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markus2330 commented Jun 9, 2018

Looking at it more closely, the problem seems to be trivial. Just add a mkdtemp detection in cmake/Modules/FindPluginprocess.cmake (like you already did with mkfifo and fork).

Btw. "FindPluginprocess.cmake" is a very confusing name, and PLUGINPROCESS_FOUND even more so. I expected it searches for a plugin named "process", not that it searches for the dependences of a library called pluginprocess.

Other options are:

  • Move the lib to the plugin processplugin (#1783) or to a binding. Plugin/Bindings can be simply excluded if some dep is not present.
  • We also thought about creating a LIBS CMake variable, that does the same as PLUGINS for libraries.
  • have an alternative implementation for mkdtemp if it is not available.

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ingwinlu commented Jun 17, 2018

@e1528532 you need the whole man page you linked.

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
|| /* Since glibc 2.10: */
(_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200809L || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 700)

So yes it is in the header, but not made available unless you fulfill those flags.
In a35813d i implemented those checks for our cframework.

NOTE.: Those are only compatibilities for glibc, though most libc implementations should have 200809 POSIX compatibility they might have other requirements to enable them or enable it automatically.

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