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Date:   Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:58:41 +0300
From:   "Dmitry V. Levin" <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>
Subject: [PATCH] uapi: fix linux/if.h userspace compilation errors

Include <sys/socket.h> (guarded by ifndef __KERNEL__) to fix
the following linux/if.h userspace compilation errors:

/usr/include/linux/if.h:234:19: error: field 'ifru_addr' has incomplete type
   struct sockaddr ifru_addr;
/usr/include/linux/if.h:235:19: error: field 'ifru_dstaddr' has incomplete type
   struct sockaddr ifru_dstaddr;
/usr/include/linux/if.h:236:19: error: field 'ifru_broadaddr' has incomplete type
   struct sockaddr ifru_broadaddr;
/usr/include/linux/if.h:237:19: error: field 'ifru_netmask' has incomplete type
   struct sockaddr ifru_netmask;
/usr/include/linux/if.h:238:20: error: field 'ifru_hwaddr' has incomplete type
   struct  sockaddr ifru_hwaddr;

This also fixes userspace compilation of the following uapi headers:

As no uapi header provides a definition of struct sockaddr, inclusion
of <sys/socket.h> seems to be the most conservative and the only safe
fix available.

All current users of <linux/if.h> are very likely to be including
<sys/socket.h> already because the latter is the sole provider
of struct sockaddr definition in libc, so adding a uapi header
with a definition of struct sockaddr would create a potential
conflict with <sys/socket.h>.

Replacing struct sockaddr in the definition of struct ifreq with
a different type would create a potential incompatibility with current
users of struct ifreq who might rely on ifru_addr et al members being
of type struct sockaddr.

Signed-off-by: Dmitry V. Levin <>
 include/uapi/linux/if.h | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/if.h b/include/uapi/linux/if.h
index 1158a04..259617a 100644
--- a/include/uapi/linux/if.h
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/if.h
@@ -24,6 +24,10 @@
 #include <linux/socket.h>		/* for "struct sockaddr" et al	*/
 #include <linux/compiler.h>		/* for "__user" et al           */
+#ifndef __KERNEL__
+#include <sys/socket.h>			/* for struct sockaddr.		*/
 #define	IFNAMSIZ	16
 #endif /* __UAPI_DEF_IF_IFNAMSIZ */

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