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Re: disallow direct inclussion of <linux/*.h>

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: disallow direct inclussion of <linux/*.h>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 18:48:36 +0000
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On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 06:16:47PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 06:05:13PM +0000, Robert Millan wrote:
> > I think we should disallow direct inclusion of <linux/*.h> in Glibc, any
> > comments?
> This is not an issue related to the Hurd at all.  If you think that this
> should be done, for whatever reason, you need to talk to the glibc
> maintainers.

I know. But this seriously affects portability to non-Linux-based systems,
which includes GNU/Hurd. 

I'm really sick of encountering programs that break because of arbitrarily
including <linux/*.h> stuff. Today I just recieved a patch for a program I
maintain that adds an #include on <linux/limits.h> just to get the PATH_MAX
macro. I'm going mad with this kind of stuff.

If people really want Linux-specific features, let them define _USE_LINUX or
something like that.

Robert Millan

"[..] but the delight and pride of Aule is in the deed of making, and in the
thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
gives and hoards not, and is free from care, passing ever on to some new work."

 -- J.R.R.T, Ainulindale (Silmarillion)

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