File ac-header-major.patch of Package autoconf

From e17a30e987d7ee695fb4294a82d987ec3dc9b974 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Eric Blake <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:17:06 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] AC_HEADER_MAJOR: port to glibc 2.25

glibc 2.25 is deprecating the namespace pollution of <sys/types.h>
injecting major(), minor(), and makedev() into the compilation
environment, with a warning that insists that users include
<sys/sysmacros.h> instead.  However, because the expansion of
AC_HEADER_MAJOR didn't bother checking sys/sysmacros.h until
after probing whether sys/types.h pollutes the namespace, it was
not defining MAJOR_IN_SYSMACROS, with the result that code
compiled with -Werror chokes on the deprecation warnings because
it was not including sysmacros.h.

In addition to fixing autoconf (which only benefits projects
that rebuild configure after this fix is released), we can also
give a hint to distros on how they can populate with
a cache variable to force pre-existing configure scripts without
the updated macro to behave sanely in the presence of glibc 2.25
(the documentation is especially useful since that cache variable
is no longer present in autoconf after this patch).

Note that mingw lacks major/minor/makedev in any of its standard
headers; for that platform, the behavior of this macro is unchanged
(code using the recommended include formula will get a compile error
when trying to use major(), whether before or after this patch); but
for now, it is assumed that programs actually concerned with
creating devices are not worried about portability to mingw.  If
desired, a later patch could tighten AC_HEADER_MAJOR to fail at
configure time if the macros are unavailable in any of the three
system headers, but that semantic change is not worth mixing into
this patch.

* lib/autoconf/headers.m4 (AC_HEADER_MAJOR): Drop check for
major within sys/types.h; it interferes with the need to check
sysmacros.h first.
* doc/autoconf.texi (Particular Headers) <AC_HEADER_MAJOR>: Expand
details on usage, and on workarounds for non-updated projects.

Signed-off-by: Eric Blake <>
 doc/autoconf.texi       | 35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----
 lib/autoconf/headers.m4 | 30 ++++++++++++++----------------
 2 files changed, 45 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/autoconf.texi b/doc/autoconf.texi
index 9ad7dc1c5f..4f041bd4ed 100644
--- a/doc/autoconf.texi
+++ b/doc/autoconf.texi
@@ -5970,10 +5970,37 @@ Particular Headers
-If @file{sys/types.h} does not define @code{major}, @code{minor}, and
-@code{makedev}, but @file{sys/mkdev.h} does, define
-@code{MAJOR_IN_MKDEV}; otherwise, if @file{sys/sysmacros.h} does, define
+Detect the headers required to use @code{makedev}, @code{major}, and
+@code{minor}.  These functions may be defined by @file{sys/mkdev.h},
+@code{sys/sysmacros.h}, or @file{sys/types.h}.
+@code{AC_HEADER_MAJOR} defines @code{MAJOR_IN_MKDEV} if they are in
+@file{sys/mkdev.h}, or @code{MAJOR_IN_SYSMACROS} if they are in
+@file{sys/sysmacros.h}.  If neither macro is defined, they are either in
+@file{sys/types.h} or unavailable.
+To properly use these functions, your code should contain something
+#include <sys/types.h>
+# include <sys/mkdev.h>
+#elif defined MAJOR_IN_SYSMACROS
+# include <sys/sysmacros.h>
+@end verbatim
+Note: Configure scripts built with Autoconf 2.69 or earlier will not
+detect a problem if @file{sys/types.h} contains definitions of
+@code{major}, @code{minor}, and/or @code{makedev} that trigger compiler
+warnings upon use.  This is known to occur with GNU libc 2.25, where
+those definitions are being deprecated to reduce namespace pollution.
+If it is not practical to use Autoconf 2.70 to regenerate the configure
+script of affected software, you can work around the problem by setting
+@samp{ac_cv_header_sys_types_h_makedev=no}, as an argument to
+@command{configure} or as part of a @file{} site default file
+(@pxref{Site Defaults}).
 @end defmac
diff --git a/lib/autoconf/headers.m4 b/lib/autoconf/headers.m4
index 0c44973b0c..72262c1eb1 100644
--- a/lib/autoconf/headers.m4
+++ b/lib/autoconf/headers.m4
@@ -427,31 +427,29 @@ fi
 # ---------------
+# Thanks to glibc 2.25 deprecating macros in sys/types.h, coupled with
+# back-compat to autoconf 2.69, we need the following logic:
+# Check whether <sys/types.h> compiles.
+# If <sys/mkdev.h> compiles, assume it provides major/minor/makedev.
+# Otherwise, if <sys/sysmacros.h> compiles, assume it provides the macros.
+# Otherwise, either the macros were provided by <sys/types.h>, or do
+# not exist on the platform.  Code trying to use these three macros is
+# assumed to not care about platforms that lack the macros.
 AN_HEADER([sys/mkdev.h], [AC_HEADER_MAJOR])
-[AC_CACHE_CHECK(whether sys/types.h defines makedev,
-		ac_cv_header_sys_types_h_makedev,
-[AC_LINK_IFELSE([AC_LANG_PROGRAM([[@%:@include <sys/types.h>]],
-				 [[return makedev(0, 0);]])],
-		[ac_cv_header_sys_types_h_makedev=yes],
-		[ac_cv_header_sys_types_h_makedev=no])
-if test $ac_cv_header_sys_types_h_makedev = no; then
 			   [Define to 1 if `major', `minor', and `makedev' are
 			    declared in <mkdev.h>.])])
-  if test $ac_cv_header_sys_mkdev_h = no; then
-    AC_CHECK_HEADER(sys/sysmacros.h,
-			       [Define to 1 if `major', `minor', and `makedev'
-				are declared in <sysmacros.h>.])])
-  fi
+if test $ac_cv_header_sys_mkdev_h = no; then
+  AC_CHECK_HEADER(sys/sysmacros.h,
+			     [Define to 1 if `major', `minor', and `makedev'
+			      are declared in <sysmacros.h>.])])