Bug 36562 - Syscall.chown arguments must be int, not uint to accept libc -1 for no change
Summary: Syscall.chown arguments must be int, not uint to accept libc -1 for no change
Alias: None
Product: Runtime
Classification: Mono
Component: General ()
Version: 4.2.0 (C6)
Hardware: All Linux
: --- normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jonathan Pryor
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-12-03 21:14 UTC by kcd
Modified: 2015-12-07 21:53 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description kcd 2015-12-03 21:14:50 UTC
See https://github.com/mono/mono/blob/master/mcs/class/Mono.Posix/Mono.Unix.Native/Syscall.cs#L3830

   public static extern int chown (string path, uint owner, uint group);
should be
   public static extern int chown (string path, int owner, int group);

To allow for 
   If the owner or group is specified as -1, then that ID is not changed.

This workaround has worked for me so far
    private const uint NO_CHANGE_ID = 4294967295; //int -1

Where i can use 
    int result = Mono.Unix.Native.Syscall.chown(path, ownerId, NO_CHANGE_ID);
    int result = Mono.Unix.Native.Syscall.chown(path, NO_CHANGE_ID, groupId);
Comment 1 Jonathan Pryor 2015-12-07 21:53:50 UTC
On OS X, Linux, and Android (Linux), uid_t is actually an unsigned integer, i.e. a `uint`, which is why Syscall.chown() uses `uint` as the parameter type.

Additionally, this is trivially worked around by using `unchecked`:

    int r = Syscall.chown(path, unchecked((uint)-1), groupId);