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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/11] netfilter: don't use module_init/exit in core IPV4 code
On 15-06-03 12:04 PM, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 08:54:04PM -0400, Paul Gortmaker wrote:
>> The file net/ipv4/netfilter.o is created based on whether
>> CONFIG_NETFILTER is set. However that is defined as a bool, and
>> hence this file with the core netfilter hooks will never be
>> modular. So using module_init as an alias for __initcall can be
>> somewhat misleading.
>> Fix this up now, so that we can relocate module_init from
>> init.h into module.h in the future. If we don't do this, we'd
>> have to add module.h to obviously non-modular code, and that
>> would be a worse thing. Also add an inclusion of init.h, as
>> that was previously implicit here in the netfilter.c file.
>> Note that direct use of __initcall is discouraged, vs. one
>> of the priority categorized subgroups. As __initcall gets
>> mapped onto device_initcall, our use of subsys_initcall (which
>> seems to make sense for netfilter code) will thus change this
>> registration from level 6-device to level 4-subsys (i.e. slightly
>> earlier). However no observable impact of that small difference
>> has been observed during testing, or is expected. (i.e. the
>> location of the netfilter messages in dmesg remains unchanged
>> with respect to all the other surrounding messages.)
>> As for the module_exit, rather than replace it with __exitcall,
>> we simply remove it, since it appears only UML does anything
>> with those, and even for UML, there is no relevant cleanup
>> to be done here.
>> Cc: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
>> Cc: Patrick McHardy <>
>> Cc: Jozsef Kadlecsik <>
>> Cc: "David S. Miller" <>
>> Cc:
>> Cc:
>> Signed-off-by: Paul Gortmaker <>
> Acked-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
> Or I can integrate this into the nf-next tree if you prefer it.

I need to keep it in my series to avoid introducing compile
fails into the bisect history, so I'll just add your Ack.


> Thanks.

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