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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm: drm_gem.h: Add explicit includes for DEFINE_DRM_GEM_FOPS
On Fri, 29 Apr 2022, Jeffrey Hugo <> wrote:
> DEFINE_DRM_GEM_FOPS() references drm functions from other headers. For
> example drm_open() is defined in drm_file.h and drm_ioctl() is defined
> in drm_ioctl.h. Since drm_gem.h doesn't include these headers, it
> relies on an implicit include from the .c file to have included these
> required headers before DEFINE_DRM_GEM_FOPS() gets used. Relying on
> these implicit includes can cause build failures for new code that
> doesn't know about these requirements, and can lead to future problems
> if the headers ever get restructured as there will be a need to update
> every downstream file that includes drm_gem.h.
> Lets fix this explicitly including the required headers in drm_gem.h so
> that code that includes drm_gem.h does not need to worry about these
> implicit dependencies.

In the general case, I tend to agree, but in this specific instance I
think I'd err on the side of fewer includes. I think the more likely
outcome here is accumulating implicit dependencies on symbols from
drm_file.h and drm_ioctl.h by including drm_gem.h only!

I do think headers need to be self-contained, and we actually enforce
this in i915 (see HDRTEST in drivers/gpu/drm/i915/Makefile), but not to
the point of macro expansions.


> Signed-off-by: Jeffrey Hugo <>
> ---
> include/drm/drm_gem.h | 2 ++
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/include/drm/drm_gem.h b/include/drm/drm_gem.h
> index 9d7c61a..1cbe3d8 100644
> --- a/include/drm/drm_gem.h
> +++ b/include/drm/drm_gem.h
> @@ -37,6 +37,8 @@
> #include <linux/kref.h>
> #include <linux/dma-resv.h>
> +#include <drm/drm_file.h>
> +#include <drm/drm_ioctl.h>
> #include <drm/drm_vma_manager.h>
> struct iosys_map;

Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Graphics Center

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