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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix XFree86 build
    	--- a/include/linux/kd.h	29 Jul 2003 17:02:13 -0000	1.1
    +++ b/include/linux/kd.h 14 Nov 2003 20:18:38 -0000

    +#ifdef __KERNEL__

    From maintaining things like mount and kbd I can tell you
    that it is hopeless to try and have user space source that
    is source compatible with all kernel source versions.

    Today the rule is "avoid including kernel includes".
    Thus, one has to write

    /* from <linux/kd.h> */
    struct kbd_repeat {
    int delay; /* in msec; <= 0: don't change */
    int period; /* in msec; <= 0: don't change */

    or so, repeating the kernel include data in the user source.

    Usually this is not too bad. It only gets really messy if the
    kernel definitions are architecture-dependent.

    On the other hand, the kernel is fairly good at staying
    binary compatible. Thus, such copies in user space code
    do not harm so much - once copied, they tend to remain correct.

    Of course everybody hates this situation, and several people
    have proposed action to remedy. I think you were one.
    I did too, and got half a dozen replies from people who would like to
    help constructing a kernel include hierarchy suitable for user space.

    But we don't have it yet.

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