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Solaris 64-bit Developer's Guide
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1.  64-bit Computing

2.  When to Use 64-bit

3.  Comparing 32-bit Interfaces and 64-bit Interfaces

4.  Converting Applications

5.  The Development Environment

6.  Advanced Topics

SPARC V9 ABI Features

Stack Bias

Address Space Layout of the SPARC V9 ABI

Placement of Text and Data of the SPARC V9 ABI

Code Models of the SPARC V9 ABI

AMD64 ABI Features

Address Space Layout for amd64 Applications

Alignment Issues

Interprocess Communication

ELF and System Generation Tools

/proc Interface

Extensions to sysinfo(2)

libkvm and /dev/ksyms

libkstat Kernel Statistics

Changes to stdio

Performance Issues

64-bit Application Advantages

64-bit Application Disadvantages

System Call Issues

What Does EOVERFLOW Mean?

Beware ioctl()

A.  Changes in Derived Types

B.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


libkstat Kernel Statistics

The sizes of many kernel statistics are completely independent of whether the kernel is a 64-bit or 32-bit program. The data types exported by named kstats (see kstat(3KSTAT)) are self-describing, and export signed or unsigned, 32-bit or 64-bit counter data, appropriately tagged. Thus, applications using libkstat need not be made into 64-bit applications to work successfully with the 64-bit kernel.

Note - If you are modifying a device driver that creates and maintains named kstats, you should try to keep the size of the statistics you export invariant between 32-bit and 64-bit kernels by using the fixed-width statistic types.