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libcephfs: Improve portability by replacing loff_t type usage with off_t #6301

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dx9 commented Oct 18, 2015


libcephfs: Improve portability by replacing loff_t type usage with of…
…f_t. 64-bit behavior on glibc is enforced with __USE_FILE_OFFSET64 compiler error.

Signed-off-by: John Coyle <>

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gregsfortytwo commented Oct 19, 2015

@dx9, I'm confused. off_t is a 32-bit integer on 32-bit systems regardless of other system behaviors, isn't it? We need a 64-bit value on our interface functions.
(I'm not familiar with the __USE_FILE_OFFSET64 flag so maybe I'm missing something.)


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dx9 commented Oct 20, 2015

Hey @gregsfortytwo thanks for taking a look at this!

Here's the background info on the thinking behind this.

The suggestion is based on GNU libc File Position Primitives. The off_t and off64_t specs define:

Data Type: off_t
This is a signed integer type used to represent file sizes. In the GNU C Library, this type is no narrower than int.

If the source is compiled with _FILE_OFFSET_BITS == 64 this type is transparently replaced by off64_t.

Data Type: off64_t
This type is used similar to off_t. The difference is that even on 32 bit machines, where the off_t type would have 32 bits, off64_t has 64 bits and so is able to address files up to 2^63 bytes in length.

When compiling with _FILE_OFFSET_BITS == 64 this type is available under the name off_t.

In features.h __USE_FILE_OFFSET64 is defined as

#if defined _FILE_OFFSET_BITS && _FILE_OFFSET_BITS == 64
# define __USE_FILE_OFFSET64    1

Since __USE_FILE_OFFSET64 is already enforced, off_t should always be 64-bit on glibc platforms.

The compatibilty logic was aliasing off_t with loff_t. With loff_t dep removed, we can toss the compat code because it just assumed that FreeBSD and Apple are 64-bit. musl libc is also 64-bit. off64_t is not used in the header so we can toss it too.


gregsfortytwo added a commit that referenced this pull request Oct 20, 2015

Merge pull request #6301 from dx9/wip-12406-ditch-loff_t-for-off_t
libcephfs: Improve portability by replacing loff_t type usage with off_t

Reviewed-by: Greg Farnum <>

@gregsfortytwo gregsfortytwo merged commit d763555 into ceph:master Oct 20, 2015

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