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doc: second return value of syscall.Syscall needs to be documented #29842

hallazzang opened this issue Jan 20, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Jan 20, 2019

I'm using Go 1.11.2 on 32 bit Windows.

Current documentation of Syscall* doesn't give any sense about second return value r2. And in most cases, this value seems not needed at all. But Go codebase internally uses it:

m1, m2, _ = VerSetConditionMask.Call(m1, m2, VER_MAJORVERSION, VER_GREATER_EQUAL)
m1, m2, _ = VerSetConditionMask.Call(m1, m2, VER_MINORVERSION, VER_GREATER_EQUAL)
m1, m2, _ = VerSetConditionMask.Call(m1, m2, VER_SERVICEPACKMAJOR, VER_GREATER_EQUAL)
m1, m2, _ = VerSetConditionMask.Call(m1, m2, VER_SERVICEPACKMINOR, VER_GREATER_EQUAL)
vi := OSVersionInfoEx{
MajorVersion: 5,
MinorVersion: 1,
ServicePackMajor: 2,
ServicePackMinor: 0,
vi.OSVersionInfoSize = uint32(unsafe.Sizeof(vi))
r, _, e2 := d.Proc("VerifyVersionInfoW").Call(
m1, m2)

And if I understood correctly, the second value is needed only when dealing with APIs that use 64 bit values(e.g. VerSetConditionMask). Since uintptr is 32 bit integer and can't hold those APIs' result, the second return value r2 is used. But there isn't any documentation about return values from syscall.Syscall* that tells which one holds highest 32 bits, etc.

Also the arguments for those APIs seems to be merged(see code above) when dealing with 64 bit values. Without knowing that, I met a horrible panic that doesn't tell any meaningful reason. So it'd be good if these behaviors are well documented.

@FiloSottile FiloSottile modified the milestones: Gccgo, Go1.12 Jan 24, 2019

@andybons andybons modified the milestones: Go1.12, Go1.13 Feb 12, 2019

@agnivade agnivade added the Suggested label Jul 7, 2019

@andybons andybons modified the milestones: Go1.13, Go1.14 Jul 8, 2019

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