[linux-dvb] ERESTARTSYS usage

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Sat Aug 6 21:15:41 CEST 2005

Kenneth Aafløy wrote:
> Under linux/include/linux/errno.h there is a comment about ERESTARTSYS
> and other errno values, that specifically states that those are not
> to be seen by userspace programs.
> However, this value is frequently returned as the return value from
> down_interruptible. This even though include/asm-i386 and some other
> include/asm-*'s say that it returns -EINTR, which makes sense, since
> the only thing that can innterupt it is a signal.
> Would you say that it would be okay to replace all ERESTARTSYS with EINTR?

No. The VFS layer handles ERESTARTSYS and, depending on the SA_RESTART
flag (see sigaction(2)) either restarts the syscall or returns EINTR
to userspace. (The code that actually does this is in


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