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    SubjectRE: Linux GPL and binary module exception clause?
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    > Here's the part where people's eyes glaze over:
    >
    > % cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.0-test10-mm1
    > % find include -name '*.h' | xargs egrep 'static.*inline' | wc -l
    > 6288
    >
    > That's 6,288 chances for you to #include GPL code and end up
    > with executable derived from it in *your* .o file, not the kernel's.

    What's so fundamentally different about inline functions, or, IOW, a
    finer format of macros?

    It doesn't matter if the API is inline or not. What matters is if using
    this API makes your program a derivative work. From this perspective,
    it's just an interface, no matter how it's implemented.

    Let's be frank: how many people really try to read the header file when
    they use these APIs? They don't care if they are inlined or not. To them
    they are just _APIs_.




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