RFC: first stab at getting rid of libc_hidden_proto() forest

Carmelo Amoroso carmelo73 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 05:35:11 UTC 2008

Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to make clear that I do not intend to apply this patch
> without getting a positive review. I don't want people to
> start thinking "omg, vda can commit this %&&$ and mess up
> the tree"!
> I won't. It's really an RFC.
> What it does:
> I find the need of having libc_hidden_proto(fprintf)
> anywhere you want to use fprintf efficiently (i.e.
> to call it directly, not thru GOT/PLT) to be unmaintainable.
sounds reasonable...
> First, it clogs up the source.
> Second, it's too easy to forget to do it, and you get
> suboptimal code, silently.
> Third, sometimes it gets even more ugly: you need to know
> _implementation details_ and dance with #defines like this:
> libc_hidden_proto(__ctype_b_loc)
> libc_hidden_proto(__ctype_b)
> #endif
well, this case could not be a major issue,
it can rewritten like this

#define __CTYPE_B __ctype_b_loc
#define __CTYPE_B __ctype_b


> Fifth: it needs to be repeated in every .c file where you want
> to use e.g. ctype.h functions!

> Obvious solution of adding libc_hidden_proto's to .h files
> does not work so well since we'd like to not pollute them with
> machinery which doesn't belong to public interface.
but we could scrub public *h at install time by removing
all occurences of libc_hidden_proto producing a sort of
sanitized libc headers, in the same way kernel does.

> In the attached patch, I chose to create a "master include file"
> which includes almost all other headers; and then marks
> all exported functions(variables) with libc_hidden_proto.
> The file is called uClibc_libc.h.
I don't like this approach since I usually prefer explicitely
including all specific headers are areally need, no less, no more,
instead of a master include header.

This is my opinion. I agree with you about the needs of consistently
using libc_hidden_proto, but I'd try to find another solution.

Anyway, being this a big change, I'd like to hear other opinions
and comment.
Mike, Jocke, Bernds, Peter others... what do you think ?


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