Re: lib-y vs EXPORT_SYMBOL: who wins?

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Tue Sep 25 2007 - 02:12:20 EST

On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 03:07:44PM +1000, Rusty Russell wrote:
> Various files under lib/ are linked into a .a so they only get linked if
> needed. But many of these functions are also EXPORT_SYMBOL()ed.
> This doesn't really make sense: if it's exported it really needs to be
> present. Certain configurations can hit this (lguest uses kasprintf,
> and can be a module).
> We could do something hacky and try to figure out if any modules need
> the symbols, which screws modules built later, but is no worse than a
> CONFIG_-based solution.
> Or to we just move all the exported functions out of the .a?

I am all for killing lib-y altogether. But do not want to sacrify
kernel bloat for this.
hch suggested a bit of Kconfig tricekery and that seems
like an OK plan to me.
But I'm not in a position to do the detective work at the moment -
feed up with oter stuff for now.

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