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Re: header files state

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: header files state
From: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 11:06:52 +0100 (MET)
Cc: Andreas Jaeger <>, Florian Lohoff <>,
In-reply-to: <004401bf924e$f0c526e0$>
On Mon, 20 Mar 2000, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
> >Linus has stated quite violantly that glibc should not include any
> >kernel headers at all - and we're now including less and less
> >headers.  But this process needs time and occasionally breaks older
> >glibc's.
> What is Linus' rationale for his position?   It's true that 
> having includes "reaching in" from libc imposes constraints
> on kernel designers, but failure to do so is guaranteed
> to induce error - as we have seen.

The rationale is that you don't need to install Linux kernel sources to compile
user space programs that don't rely on Linux-specific things.



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