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    On 04/23/2007 01:52 PM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

    > On Mon, 23 Apr 2007, Rusty Russell wrote:

    >> Valid points have been made on both sides. I suggest:
    >> #define MODULE_MAINTAINER(_maintainer) \
    >> MODULE_AUTHOR("(Maintained by) "_maintainer)
    > why bring MODULE_AUTHOR into it? just define it in terms of
    > #define MODULE_MAINTAINER(_m) MODULE_INFO(_m, "(Maintained by)" \
    > maintainer)
    > technically, the maintainer is not the same as the author so why
    > confuse the issue with an extra unnecessary macro expansion?

    Swap arguments to MODULE_INFO, but yes, other than the extra "(Maintained
    by)" that's what was originally submitted:

    If you're going to be using a "maintainer" tag anyway as both that and yours
    above does, the "(Maintained by)" becomes superfluous, so we're back at the

    I must say I'm not particularly sure either why reusing MODULE_AUTHOR would
    be better if MODULE_AUTHOR also remains (as Alan Cox pointed out might be
    desirable for legal reasons if nothing else). As fas as I'm aware, the other
    trivial patch I posted to init-module-tools:

    is all that's needed to make it useful.

    But, I also really only care about being able to add MODULE_MAINTAINER() to
    some drivers that have outlived their authors and from that viewpoint there
    is no difference, so if Rusty feels this is better, so be it.

    Andrew, mind if I submit this to you?

    Provide MODULE_MAINTAINER() as a convenient place to stick a name and email
    address both for drivers having multiple (current and non-current) authors
    and for when someone who wants to maintain a driver isn't so much an author.

    Signed-off-by: Rene Herman <>


    diff --git a/include/linux/module.h b/include/linux/module.h
    index 10f771a..3c54774 100644
    --- a/include/linux/module.h
    +++ b/include/linux/module.h
    @@ -128,6 +128,10 @@ extern struct module __this_module;
    /* Author, ideally of form NAME <EMAIL>[, NAME <EMAIL>]*[ and NAME <EMAIL>] */
    #define MODULE_AUTHOR(_author) MODULE_INFO(author, _author)

    +/* Maintainer, ideally of form NAME <EMAIL> */
    +#define MODULE_MAINTAINER(_maintainer) \
    + MODULE_AUTHOR("(Maintained by) "_maintainer)
    /* What your module does. */
    #define MODULE_DESCRIPTION(_description) MODULE_INFO(description, _description)
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