Re: [patch] fat/msdos/vfat crud removal

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 13:49:47 EST

Followup to: <>
By author: (Eric W. Biederman)
In newsgroup:
> Dave Jones <> writes:
> > On Sun, Jun 09, 2002 at 03:09:44AM -0400, Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
> >
> > > There has been talk of removing __KERNEL__ usage from
> > > some of the header files.
> >
> > Where? If anything we need to increase __KERNEL__ usage in headers.
> > We export far too much crap which makes no sense to userspace.
> So we should just remove __KERNEL__ altogether. And say with 2.5.x
> nothing is exported. Which pretty much has been the official policy
> since user space started using glibc.
> #include <linux/*>
> and
> #include <asm/*>
> are no longer supported.

In theory, perhaps. There is plenty that just really can't be done
that way, especially stuff which deals with ioctls and their

It makes more sense to constrain what is exported to a minimum, but
actually have it be usable.


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