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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.5.5] do export vmalloc_to_page to modules...
    On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, Tigran Aivazian wrote:
    > is wrong somewhere. Then perhaps we could even refine the API to have
    >
    > EXPORT_SYMBOL_FRIENDS(sym,list_of_friends)
    >
    > where only "friends" can use the symbol and even then only if they first
    > call (an exported function):
    >
    > register_export_payment(sym, sum);
    >
    > where 'sum' depends on the number of hours spent on writing sym().

    I hope it is obvious it was a joke? Perhaps to make the joke intention
    clearer I should have suggested a better "symbol exporting protocol" from
    kindergarten experience:

    module -> kernel: export your symbols, please
    kernel -> module: you export yours first and I'll export some of mine

    which is not totally unlike the scheme suggested by bona fide
    EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL defenders, namely "if binary-only modules don't
    contribute to the base kernel why should the base kernel let them use it's
    symbols".

    Regards,
    Tigran

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