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    SubjectRe: seq_file and exporting dynamically allocated data
    On Sun, Nov 16, 2003 at 07:27:23AM +0000, Tigran Aivazian wrote:
    > Hi Al,
    > I remembered the other two areas where, maybe, seq API can be slightly
    > improved:
    > a) no "THIS_MODULE" style module refcounting, so I had to do manual
    > MOD_INC_USE_COUNT/MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT in ->open/release. I am aware of the
    > deficiencies of this approach, of course (it's been discussed too many
    > times in the last several years).

    You don't need to do that. Look, these ->open() and ->release()
    are not some new methods - they are ->open() and ->release() of your
    struct file. The fact that they happen to call functions from seq_file.c
    doesn't change anything - they are struct file methods, sitting in some
    instance of struct file_operations. And just as with any such instance,
    you have ->owner in struct file_operations. Which will be honoured by
    open(2) - just as with any other file.

    IOW, there is no need for any special rmmod protection of iterator.
    Normal protection of file methods will be enough - after all, even if
    iterator is not in the same module, the code in our ->open() directly
    refers to it. I.e. we have a direct dependency and as long as module
    where our file_operations are is there, the module with our iterators
    will stay around.

    > b) no way to reset the 'offset' to 0 when the ->next() detects that it is
    > back at the head of linked list, i.e. when it should return NULL. It's OK

    Let me get it straight - you want an infinite file, with no EOF anywhere
    and contents more or less repeating itself? _And_ you want a working
    lseek() on that?
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