Re: [2.6 patch] ieee1394_core.c: remove unneeded EXPORT_SYMBOL's

From: Arne Caspari
Date: Mon Dec 20 2004 - 04:08:28 EST


Some of these symbols are used by the open source driver "video-2-1394" ( ).

This driver is supported by The Imaging Source Europe GmbH and used by quite a few of our customers. For most of these customers, it is OK to compile the driver but not to modify the kernel source.

Please please, do not break the kernel API out of the blue. Supporting a Linux driver is already very frustrating. Currently it is a lot more convenient for our customers to switch to Windows just because the installation and use of the software is much easier there - or at least it is easy enough there to handle the installation where it is not on Linux.

Breaking the API now will most likely stop The Imaging Source from supporting open source driver development anymore. We just can not effort any unneccessary development anymore. We are already blocked by shortcomings in the LDM and bugs in the Linux driver handling ( see my posings about a hotplugging issue and about the issue that IEEE-1394 modules can not be unloaded ).

Thanks and best regards,

Arne Caspari

The Imaging Source Europe GmbH

Adrian Bunk wrote:
The patch below removes 41 unneeded EXPORT_SYMBOL's.

diffstat output:
drivers/ieee1394/ieee1394_core.c | 41 -------------------------------
1 files changed, 41 deletions(-)
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