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From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
To: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@linutronix.de>
Cc: Marc Dionne <marc.c.dionne@gmail.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	x86@kernel.org
Subject: Re: x86/fpu: Don't export __kernel_fpu_{begin,end}()
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:11:32 +0100
Message-ID: <20190110131132.GC20217@kroah.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190109170935.e6b6rwzpk6dlruu4@linutronix.de>

On Wed, Jan 09, 2019 at 06:09:35PM +0100, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior wrote:
> On 2019-01-09 17:52:35 [+0100], Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > If there are no in-kernel users, the symbols should not be exported
> > anymore.  That's nothing new, we have always done this.
> 
> The thing is that we had
>   EXPORT_SYMBOL(__kernel_fpu_begin)
>   EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kernel_fpu_begin)
> 
> and now __kernel_fpu_begin() is no longer exported and static only.

Ok, that is fine.

> All in kernel user (including the kvm module) use kernel_fpu_begin()
> which is not available to proprietary modules. Hence Marc's mail.

But since when did out-of-tree modules use __kernel_fpu_begin?  It's an
x86-only thing, and shouldn't really be used by anyone, right?

> > > On the other hand could we just drop EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL? I doubt this
> > > helps in any way yet please correct me if I am wrong. 
> > 
> > Yes, it helps, please leave it as-is.
> 
> As you say. I only notice that certain things used to work and then no
> longer do because due to $rework it somehow become EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
> only and people complain and we tend to switch the export back to
> EXPORT_SYMBOL.

That is a different topic than the whole _GPL symbol export at all.
Please don't conflate the two.

> I'm not aware of a case where it actually helped in anyway.

The use of the _GPL symbol exports has helped in numerous places over
the years.  I'd be glad to discuss details over a beverage sometime :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <git-mailbomb-linux-master-12209993e98c5fa1855c467f22a24e3d5b8be205@kernel.org>
2019-01-07 22:08 ` Marc Dionne
2019-01-09 11:19   ` Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
2019-01-09 16:52     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-01-09 17:09       ` Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
2019-01-09 17:40         ` Marc Dionne
2019-01-10 13:13           ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-01-10 13:11         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman [this message]
2019-01-10 17:32           ` Hutter, Tony
2019-01-10 18:07             ` Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
2019-01-10 18:24               ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-01-11  3:18                 ` Kash Pande
2019-01-11  5:04                 ` Lukas Wunner
2019-01-11  5:40                   ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-01-11 18:06                     ` Lukas Wunner
2019-01-23 15:58                     ` Pavel Machek
2019-01-15 13:01                 ` Rene Schickbauer
2019-01-15 13:32                   ` Christoph Hellwig
2019-01-15 13:42                   ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-01-15 18:51                     ` Kash Pande
2019-01-21 12:30                     ` Stephan von Krawczynski
2019-01-15 18:26                 ` Kash Pande
2019-01-11  3:07 Kash Pande
     [not found] <20190111054058.GA27966 () kroah ! com>
2019-01-11  6:24 ` Kash Pande

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