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    SubjectRe: 2.6.18 Headers - Long
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    On Sat, 2006-07-15 at 17:09 -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
    > David Woodhouse writes:
    > > Kernel headers are _not_ a library of random crap for userspace to
    > > use.

    > Don't blame app developers if they go for what is good.
    > To stop them, provide the goodness in a sane way.
    > (alternately, make the Linux code suck ass more than POSIX)

    Kernel headers are _not_ a library of random crap for userspace to use.

    There is no justification for asm/atomic.h being installed
    in /usr/include. Especially since, as Arjan points out, it doesn't
    actually provide atomic operations in many cases anyway.

    However, the kernel is released under a licence which allows you to
    re-use code from it if you really want. If you want to provide a
    'libkernelstuff', the GPL permits you to do that. The kernel's ABI
    headers (and lkml) are not the appropriate place for such a project
    though. If you want to do that, take it where the C++ and microkernel
    people go.

    Btw, your mail client omitted the References: and In-Reply-To: headers
    which RFC2822 says it SHOULD have included. On a list with as much
    traffic as linux-kernel, that's _very_ suboptimal, because you've
    detached your message from the thread to which you replied. Please try
    to fix or work around that.

    --
    dwmw2

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