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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 'make headers_install' kbuild target.
On Sat, Apr 22, 2006 at 03:26:14PM +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-04-22 at 16:11 +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > Sorry, but I'm not a fan of doing much more work than required instead
> > of getting a consensus first and then implementing the solution.
> It _isn't_ significantly more work. The _real_ work is in reading
> through the header files and deciding which parts should be private and
> which can be public, then splitting them up accordingly into separate
> files (or using 'ifdef __KERNEL__' if appropriate). That's the kind of
> thing that you seem particularly good at, which is why I've asked if you
> could help us with it.
> Moving the public files from one directory to another, if they've been
> suitably marked or listed somewhere, is _trivial_. Even if you've used
> #ifdef __KERNEL__ it's simple enough to do it automatically with tools
> like unifdef. The _real_ work which requires human attention is the same
> either way.

The problem is you need #ifdef's everywhere.

If part of a header file is part of the userspace ABI, this often means
that you need #ifdef __KERNEL__'s for the #include's of headers that
will not be part of the userspace ABI (like linux/compiler.h).

And how do you express that in header foo.h, the userspace part requires
the userspace part of bar.h, while the kernel-internal part of foo.h
also requires the kernel-internal part of bar.h?

And reading through header files doesn't become easier after adding five
#ifdef __KERNEL__'s to a header file.

> But if you're not willing to help, that's fine. I just thought you'd be
> particularly suited to the task, that's all.

I'm sorry, but I don't like your approach.

> dwmw2



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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