[TUHS] Another odd comment in V6

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Wed Feb 15 01:48:13 AEST 2017


On Tue, Feb 14, 2017, at 09:14, Noel Chiappa wrote:
> Without the proper design of the system call interface, this can be hard - how
> does the system distinguish between the _first_ attempt at a system call (in
> which the 'already done' count is 0), and a _later_ attempt? If the user passes
> in the 'already done' count, it's pretty straightforward - otherwise, not so
> much!

You could return the address of the last character read, and let the
user code do the math.

I'm a bit confused though from a practical point of view where this
comes up. If the terminal is in raw/cbreak mode, the user code must
handle a "partial" read anyway, so returning five bytes is fine. If it's
in canonical mode, the system call does not copy characters into the
user buffer until they have pressed enter. Maybe there's some other case
other than reading from a terminal that it makes sense for, but I
couldn't think of any while writing this post.


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