Re: exporting open_namei to modules

From: Alexander Viro (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 19:03:33 EST

On Sat, 13 Oct 2001, Etay Meiri wrote:

> Hi,
> Is there a particular reason why open_namei() is
> not exported to modules?

        Is there any reason for exporting it? By default, stuff is _NOT_
exported. Think for a moment and you'll see why. Exported functions are
public API. Protection is weaker than for syscalls, but it's there and
exporting a function makes harder to do changes in core kernel. Unless
there are damn serious reasons for exporting something, it isn't done.

        In particular, open_namei() is a helper function of filp_open(),
which _is_ exported. What use of open_namei() do you have in mind?

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