Re: RFC: [2.6 patch] small IPMI cleanup

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 13:16:11 EST

On Mon, Nov 08, 2004 at 11:46:18AM -0600, Corey Minyard wrote:

> Adrian,

Hi Corey,

> All these things are tools used by external modules that have not yet
> made it into the mainstream kernel. Also, there are other users of


> these functions that are perhaps not in the kernel yet (and perhaps
> never make it into the mainstream kernel). Some of the statics do need
> to be cleaned up, though.

Why shouldn't they make it into the mainstream kernel?

> The IPMI driver was designed so that in-kernel users can use it as
> easily as userland users. So these are important parts of the interface.

For userland users, a global kernel function (even if EXPORT_SYMBOL'ed)
is useless.

> -Corey



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