Backport of 4671cfb4 on 3.0. The ABI should not be impacted as
ptrdiff_t was picked to have the same ties to memory sizes as a signed
ssize_t is not a standard C type. In some cases it's supposed to hold no more than a long . That's 2 GB in normal case which is enough for 16k*16k 16-bit RGBA.
The implementation shall support one or more programming environments in which the widths of blksize_t, pid_t, size_t, ssize_t, and suseconds_t are no greater than the width of type long. The names of these programming environments can be obtained using the confstr() function or the getconf utility.
Make sure the new type is equivalent to the old one so we don't break ABI. And a recompilation will hopefully no bring any warning (otherwise that was assumed to be ssize_t by the host app was not correct).
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