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SubjectRe: iproute2 not compiling anymore
Hi Marcelo, all,

On Sun, Oct 05, 2003 at 09:42:30AM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> In previous messages you said iproute used to compile on "olders" 2.4.x
> kernel but doesnt compile anymore on recent 2.4. Is that information
> correct ?
> Can you tell me in more detail what is failing?

Just tested, and I confirm this too :

gcc -D_GNU_SOURCE -O2 -Wstrict-prototypes -Wall -g -I../include-glibc -I/usr/include/db3 -include ../include-glibc/glibc-bugs.h -I/
sr/src/linux/include -I../include -DRESOLVE_HOSTNAMES -c -o ip.o ip.c
In file included from ../include-glibc/netinet/in.h:7,
from ip.c:23:
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/in.h:141: field `gr_group' has incomplete type
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/in.h:147: field `gsr_group' has incomplete type
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/in.h:148: field `gsr_source' has incomplete type
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/in.h:154: field `gf_group' has incomplete type
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/in.h:157: field `gf_slist' has incomplete type
make[1]: *** [ip.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/data/src/net/ip-routing/iproute2-2.4.7-020116/ip'
make: *** [all] Error 2

These fields are of type 'struct sockaddr_storage' :

struct group_source_req
__u32 gsr_interface; /* interface index */
struct sockaddr_storage gsr_group; /* group address */
struct sockaddr_storage gsr_source; /* source address */

But sockaddr_storage is defined in socket.h within such a #if :

#if defined(__KERNEL__) || !defined(__GLIBC__) || (__GLIBC__ < 2)

So it is clear that compiling with such headers on a recent libc outside the
kernel may fail. I don't know what changed exactly, the #if or
sockaddr_storage declaration.

BTW, wouldn't it be interesting to have some sort of way to bypass these
checks when we know that we want to compile against kernel headers ? I
encountered the case for arptables a few weeks ago. I find it very dirty to
add -D__KERNEL__ to user-space makefiles, and I don't find it logical to rebuild
a libc with pre-release kernel headers either.

So perhaps something like this would be useful for a limited set of userspace
programs :
#if defined(__KERNEL__) || defined(REALLY_USE_KHDR) || !defined(__GLIBC__)...

Then, the affected programs could simply add a '#define REALLY_USE_KHDR' line
before including particular headers.

Any ideas ?

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