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Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:37:51 +0200
From: Hauke Mehrtens <>
To:,,, "David S. Miller" <>,
 Carlos O'Donell <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv3] uapi libc compat: add fallback for unsupported libcs

On 07/29/2017 04:02 PM, Felix Janda wrote:
> libc-compat.h aims to prevent symbol collisions between uapi and libc
> headers for each supported libc. This requires continuous coordination
> between them.
> The goal of this commit is to improve the situation for libcs (such as
> musl) which are not yet supported and/or do not wish to be explicitly
> supported, while not affecting supported libcs. More precisely, with
> this commit, unsupported libcs can request the suppression of any
> specific uapi definition by defining the correspondings _UAPI_DEF_*
> macro as 0. This can fix symbol collisions for them, as long as the
> libc headers are included before the uapi headers. Inclusion in the
> other order is outside the scope of this commit.
> All infrastructure in order to enable this fallback for unsupported
> libcs is already in place, except that libc-compat.h unconditionally
> defines all _UAPI_DEF_* macros to 1 for all unsupported libcs so that
> any previous definitions are ignored. In order to fix this, this commit
> merely makes these definitions conditional.
> This commit together with the musl libc commit
> fixes for example the following compiler errors when <linux/in6.h> is
> included after musl's <netinet/in.h>:
> ./linux/in6.h:32:8: error: redefinition of 'struct in6_addr'
> ./linux/in6.h:49:8: error: redefinition of 'struct sockaddr_in6'
> ./linux/in6.h:59:8: error: redefinition of 'struct ipv6_mreq'
> Signed-off-by: Felix Janda <>
> ---
> v3: Fix typos, add a comment to the file and use #ifndef.
> v2: The only change to the previous version is the commit title and
>     message.

Was this send to the wrong mailing lists? I would like to see this in
the mainline kernel and I am wondering why it neither gets any comments
nor shows up in linux-next.


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