MoonchildProductions#1251 - Part 3: Finally end the long tradition of casting getpid() to int.

Like many parts of the busted Solaris support, this one has its origins in the pre-Firefox days. Bug 535106, another Mozilla suite bug. It keeps coming up because the core issue is never addressed, the fact that nsTSubstring doesn't know how to handle pid_t. I think the explicit cast to int is a band-aid they use because they know if they touch that substring header file to make it handle pid_t, they'll probably be asked to fix all the other problems with it. I honestly think it just works by accident on other platforms because it's implicitly cast to signed or unsigned int, even though the POSIX standard says pid_t can be either long or int, and work as either a signed or unsigned integer. Whatever the case may be, it's handled better on Solaris now than it was.

Ironically enough, the main point of having pid_t rather than just having pids be int or something is to hide this little implementation detail so you can just use pid_t for the return type in portable code without having to worry about what it is on a specific platform. The unfortunate way Mozilla implemented string functions turns that on its head and makes the good things about pid_t into liabilities rather than assets.
athenian200 3 years ago committed by Roy Tam
parent f7e2b86c94
commit c54b1f4ea0
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@ -657,7 +657,7 @@ InitLog(const char* aEnvVar, const char* aMsg, FILE** aResult)
if (hasLogExtension) {

@ -9,6 +9,9 @@
#include "mozilla/MemoryReporting.h"
#include "mozilla/IntegerTypeTraits.h"
#include "mozilla/Span.h"
#include <unistd.h>
#error Cannot use internal string classes without MOZILLA_INTERNAL_API defined. Use the frozen header nsStringAPI.h instead.
@ -587,6 +590,17 @@ public:
const char* fmt = aRadix == 10 ? "%d" : aRadix == 8 ? "%o" : "%x";
AppendPrintf(fmt, aInteger);
void AppendInt(pid_t aInteger)
AppendPrintf("%lu", aInteger);
void AppendInt(pid_t aInteger, int aRadix)
const char* fmt = aRadix == 10 ? "%lu" : aRadix == 8 ? "%lo" : "%lx";
AppendPrintf(fmt, aInteger);
void AppendInt(uint32_t aInteger)
AppendPrintf("%u", aInteger);