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SubjectRe: [RFC] Splitting kernel headers and deprecating __KERNEL__

On Tue, 30 Nov 2004, David Howells wrote:
> > But in general, I do kind of like the explicit marking. The same way we
> > explicitly mark the functions inside the kernel that we expose to modules,
> > we could try to mark the data structures and values that we expose to user
> > space. That tends to "work".
> That gets trickier when it comes to #defines, I think.
> Do you really object that much to splitting the header files as I proposed?

I object sternuously to your "the header files". If you can't even say
_which_ header file, I'm not interested.

If you can say "these X header files have this specific problem Y, and if
we move part Z into a common area A, we'd solve it because B", that's a
different matter.

See what I'm saying? Whole-sale "move things around because we want to"
I'm not interested in. Specific problems, yes.

> Personally, I'd prefer us to move to using standard C99 types in lieu of u32
> and co at least for the interface to userspace because they are just that:
> standard.

No. I told you why it cannot and MUST NOT be done. Repeat after me:


There are many cases where including a header file means you want the
structure, but it does _not_ mean that you can expose totally unrelated
types, even if those types happen to be used as part of the structure. See
what I'm saying?

In contrast, __u8/__u16/__xxx are explicitly defined by the relevant
standards to be "system name space", and that is _exactly_ why we don't
use the standard namespaces.

And the fact is, the rules for _when_ you export _which_ standard types
are just too damn hard, and more importantly, they are not something that
the kernel headers should even be deciding. They depend on glibc internal
things like __USE_BSD etc, and they depend on which standard you compile
for, and sometimes even on which _version_ of the standard you compile

I will not have that mess in the kernel. Which means that we do _not_
export any of the standard names. Which means that we can't _use_ any of
them. End of story.

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