[PATCH] kexec.h: stop exporting kexec_load() to userspace

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Jan 15 10:28:32 EST 2014

We shouldn't put prototypes of user-space functions in the kernel, at least not until we actually export all the signatures.  The prototype should instead be in a userspace <sys/kexec.h> header.

Maximilian Attems <max at stro.at> wrote:
>On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 02:17:04PM +0100, Paul Bolle wrote:
>> Since v3.5 kexec.h is exported to userspace. That includes its
>> declaration of kexec_load():
>>     extern int kexec_load(void *, size_t, struct kexec_segment *,
>>                    unsigned long int);
>> This declaration isn't very useful to userspace programs on itself.
>> still have to define a matching function (which basically wraps the
>> kexec_load syscall). I'm not aware of programs or libraries that
>> do that.
>> It can be removed. The programs that actually use it, if there
>> are any, should then provide their own declaration to keep compiling.
>> Already compiled binaries will not be affected.
>nack, klibc uses the header and there was some discussion that glibc
>could/should use it too. I didn't follow kexec git, but there is/was
>a version that just uses the kexec_load() if the c library provides it.
>Until Santa Claus materialises in form of a direct kernel user-space
>see follow ups on http://lwn.net/Articles/534682/ and proposal by hpa
>> This gets rid of the headers_check warning that can be seen ever
>> this header was exported:
>>     [...]/usr/include/linux/kexec.h:49: userspace cannot reference
>function or variable defined in the kernel
>this is the wrong  way of fix.

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