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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: [PATCH] scsi.h uses "u8" which isn't defined.
    Jamie Lokier wrote:
    > Well, I've done quite a bit of
    > #ifdef __i386__
    > #define __NR_futex 240
    > #elif defined (__alpha__)
    > #define __NR_futex 394
    > #elif defined (__mips__)
    > ... etc. ...
    > #endif
    > In order to distribute programs which compile with a distro's libc but
    > will take advantage of features in later kernels when run on them.
    > That's really unpleasant. So, in revenge, here's an annoying question:


    > If userspace applications are ultimately compiled using Linux header
    > files, indirectly included via Glibc or some other libc, and the
    > kernel header files are GPL (version 2 only; not LGPL or any later
    > GPL), isn't distributing those binary applications a gross violation
    > of the GPL in some cases?

    It's come up before, so it's not necessarily an original, annoying
    question ;-)

    My non-lawyer guess would be, the structures and defines are required
    for Linux interoperability; that may be a factor. static inline
    functions in headers, i.e. real code, is another matter too.

    One way or another (direct inclusion, or via glibc-kernheaders pkg) the
    headers today are GPL'd not LGPL'd... so I suppose it remains the realm
    of lawyers...



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