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Linux: Sanitizing block_device_operations

Aug 29, 2007, 08:15 (0 Talkback[s])

"'It's time to sanitize prototypes of bdev ->open(), ->release() and ->ioctl(),' Al Viro began in an RFC posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list, 'this stuff had sat in 'need to fix' for a long time and there is a bunch of bugs hard to fix without dealing with it.' Following a detailed explanation of how he intends to meet this goal, he added, '[the] resulting APIs will be a lot saner and [the] entire thing is reasonably easy to split into bisect-friendly chunks. It is an API breaker, of course, but we don't have a lot of affected modules and anything not converted will be (a) immediately caught by gcc and (b) trivial to convert.'

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds responded favorably to the proposal, 'from your description, I have no objections--everything sounds good..."

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