Re: Modutils 2.5 change, start running this command now

From: Keith Owens (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 06:37:15 EST

On Fri, 12 Oct 2001 06:04:20 -0400,
Benjamin LaHaise <> wrote:
>On Thu, Oct 11, 2001 at 09:45:58PM +1000, Keith Owens wrote:
>> In current modutils, a module that does not export symbols and does not
>> say EXPORT_NO_SYMBOLS will default to exporting all symbols. This is a
>> hangover from kernel 2.0 and will be removed when modutils 2.5 appears,
>> shortly after the kernel 2.5 branch is created.
>> Starting with modutils 2.5, modules must explicitly say what their
>> intention is for symbols. That will break a lot of existing modules.
>Isn't EXPORT_NO_SYMBOLS the default case for 99.44% of modules? It seems
>to me that the lameness incurred in adding an EXPORT_NO_SYMBOLS line to
>each and every driver that one writes is a pointless additional hoop to
>jump through. I'd rather break the modules that are relying on behaviour
>that was deprecated several *years* ago than go through another make-work

I was going to do it that way. The problem is that it gives no
indication if the module has been checked or not. Adding
EXPORT_NO_SYMBOLS says that somebody has reviewed the module and
decided that exporting no symbols is the correct behaviour. It is the
difference between no maintainer and a maintained module.

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