PR1245 device lseek

Till Straumann strauman at
Wed Aug 8 03:53:32 UTC 2007

Victor Vengerov wrote:
> Hi,
> Hard disk etc. represented in RTEMS device driver with 
> open/close/read/write/control interface. rtems_libio_rw_args_t argument 
> is passed to device read/write primitives, which contains the offset 
> attribute. offset filled in device_write (deviceio.c) from iop->offset.
> May be I've missed something, but it looks for me you just need to 
> adjust iop->offset 
That's already done in libcsupport/src/lseek.c.
However, the iop->offset adjustment is undone if
returns -1.

I can see two valid scenarios:

a) a device for which adjusting iop->offset is all that's needed.
In this case, the lseek_h() method (in the case discussed here
this is 'device_lseek()') should return the current offset (not 0).

b) non-seekable device should return -1 (not 0) and set errno

If we assume that currently only a) is implemented [and we don't want
to break existing code that assumes these semantics] then
either device_lseek() should return the current offset or
lseek.c should be fixed to return the current offset if lseek_h
returns 0.

-- Till
> in device_lseek in accordance to offset and whence 
> arguments.
> Regards,
> Victor
> Joel Sherrill wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This PR notes that device_lseek() always succeeds but
>> does nothing.  According to OpenGroup
>> lseek() should return ESPIPE for ttys, sockets, and pipes.
>> I may be having a brain freeze, but right now, I don't
>> see how to implement a seek on a block device like
>> a hard disk.  I know you have to be able to do it.
>> Any thoughts?
>> --joel
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