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SubjectRe: [usb-storage] Re: [PATCH v4 12/12] RFC: watchdog: export core symbols in WATCHDOG_CORE namespace
On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 5:12 AM Guenter Roeck <> wrote:
> Note that I don't object to the patch set in general. There may be symbols
> which only need be exported in the context of a single subsystem or even
> driver (if a driver consists of more than one module). For example, a mfd
> driver may export symbols which should only be called by its client drivers.
> In such a situation, it may well be beneficial to limit the use of exported
> symbols.

I can appreciate this benefit.

> I am not sure what good that does in practice (if I understand correctly,
> a driver only has to declare that it wants to use a restricted use symbol
> if it wants to use it), but that is a different question.

I think this question implies that you are coming from the perspective
of "security" or wanting to restrict access to the underlying
functions, rather than wanting to clean-up the way symbols are handled
for manageability / maintainability purposes (which is the goal, as I
understand it).

HOWEVER, I have one question: If these patches are included, and
someone wants to introduce a bit of code which needs to use two
symbols from different namespaces but with the same name, can that be
done? That is, if driver A has symbol 'foo' and driver B has symbol
'foo' (both in their respective namespaces), and driver C wants to use and, can that be supported?


Matthew Dharm
Former Maintainer, USB Mass Storage driver for Linux

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