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SubjectRe: [RFC 6/7] Use an external declaration in exit.c for fs_cachep
On Sat, 18 Nov 2006 06:44:33 +0000 Oleg Verych <olecom@flower.upol.cz> wrote:
>
> On 2006-11-18, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> []
> >> --- linux-2.6.19-rc5-mm2.orig/kernel/exit.c 2006-11-15 16:48:11.485511089 -0600
> >> +++ linux-2.6.19-rc5-mm2/kernel/exit.c 2006-11-17 23:04:09.764530373 -0600
> >> @@ -48,6 +48,8 @@
> >> #include <asm/pgtable.h>
> >> #include <asm/mmu_context.h>
> >>
> >> +extern kmem_cache_t *fs_cachep;
> >
> > You know what I am going to say, right? :-)
>
> I know, externs must be in headers. Please, explain why.

So that there is only one declaration. That way if it is changed,
everywhere that uses it will notice. Also, the same header must be
included by the file that defines the variable or function so any
discrepancy between declaration and definition will be obvious.

i.e. we are protecting ourselves against change and making maintainance
easier.

In this particular case, the type is probably never going to change, but
consistency is good.

--
Cheers,
Stephen Rothwell sfr@canb.auug.org.au
http://www.canb.auug.org.au/~sfr/
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