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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4-test9 kernel header flaw
On Thu, Sep 28, 2000 at 03:41:41PM -0700, Jack Howarth wrote:

> I find that the compile of gnome-utils fails as follows...
>
> In file included from /usr/include/linux/string.h:21,
> from /usr/include/linux/fs.h:23,
> from badblocks.c:43:

Yes, a well-known phenomenon.
Kernel headers are to compile the kernel.
They are not for inclusion in user programs.


(This fact of life means that one has to use a private copy.
That is good, keeps the source stable, also when the kernel changes.
But it is also bad - such information as structure definitions
and manifest constants ought to be in a single place, used by
libc and kernel.
I get the impression that Linus will accept a nice rewrite
of all includes. Remains the question what wishes Ulrich has
on a revised setup. So far Ulrich has not answered - let me
cc him and see whether he has an opinion now.)


Andries
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