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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: please remove reserved word "new" from kernel headers
On 7/6/05, Rob Prowel <> wrote:
> [1.] One line summary of the problem:
> 2.4 and 2.6 kernel headers use c++ reserved word "new"
> as identifier in function prototypes.
"new" is not a reserved word in C. the kernel is written in C.

> [2.] Full description of the problem/report:
> When kernel headers are included in compilation of c++
> programs the compile fails because some header files
> use "new" in a way that is illegal for c++.

Userspace programs should not include kernel headers directly.

But, if you really want it changed I suggest you create a patch and
submit that for review/inclusion and see what feedback you get.

Jesper Juhl <>
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