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Date:	Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:54:29 -0500
From:	"Carlos O'Donell" <>
To:	Pedro Alves <>
Cc:	YOSHIFUJI Hideaki <>,
	Mike Frysinger <>,
	David Miller <>,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: Redefinition of struct in6_addr in <netinet/in.h> and <linux/in6.h>

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Pedro Alves <> wrote:
> On 01/18/2013 02:24 PM, YOSHIFUJI Hideaki wrote:
>>>>> It's simple enough to move all of the __GLIBC__ uses into libc-compat.h,
>>>>> then you control userspace libc coordination from one file.
>>>> How about just deciding on a single macro/symbol both the
>>>> kernel and libc (any libc that needs this) define?  Something
>>>> like both the kernel and userland doing:
>>>> #ifndef __IPV6_BITS_DEFINED
>>>> #define __IPV6_BITS_DEFINED
>>>> ...
>>>> define in6_addr, sockaddr_in6, ipv6_mreq, whatnot
>>>> #endif
>> Hmm, how should we handle future structs/enums then?
>> For example, if I want to have in6_flowlabel_req{} defined in
>> glibc, what should we do?
> Include the glibc header first?  Or is this some other
> use case?
> The point wasn't that you'd have only one macro for all
> structs/enums (you could split into __IPV6_IN6_ADDR_DEFINED,
> __IPV6_SOCKADDR_IN6_DEFINED, etc.) but to have the kernel
> and libc agree on guard macros, instead of having the kernel
> do #ifdef __GLIBC__ and glibc doing #ifdef _NETINET_IN_H.
> But as Carlos says, the devil is in the details, and
> I sure am not qualified on the details here.

My plan is to have one _UAPI_DEF_xxx macro to guard each
problematic definition in the kernel UAPI headers.

Then userspace can check for those macros and act appropriately.

The kernel likewise when detecting glibc headers included first
can use the _UAPI_DEF_xxx macro guards to disable problematic
definitions knowing that glibc has identical ABI and API-compatible
versions that the program can use without breaking.

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