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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 00/11] qemu: use virtio linux headers in port

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 00/11] qemu: use virtio linux headers in portable code
Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 17:09:00 +0300

On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 08:05:29AM -0500, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Rusty Russell <address@hidden> writes:
> > Anthony Liguori <address@hidden> writes:
> >> The headers say they are BSD licensed... but they include a GPLv2+
> >> header.  Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?
> >
> > It makes perfect sense: you're overthinking it.  It just means that
> > copying the BSD headers outside Linux is encouraged.
> Copying by hand and modifying.  This patch series attempts to do it
> automatically within QEMU.
> > And it's clearly nonsensical to claim the GPL on kernel headers means
> > that userspace needs to be GPL.  So please ignore this licensing
> > red-herring.
> You're missing context, I suspect.  This series is trying to
> automatically copy the headers from Linux.  We currently have a manually
> copied version.
> The headers are not currently well suited for automatic copying because
> (1) they use kernel types (2) they pull in dependencies from throughout
> the kernel.
> This discussion comes down to whether we want to make it easier to
> automatically copy the headers or do we maintain the status quo and
> require manual munging to pull in the headers.
> Regards,
> Anthony Liguori

Okay, what if I

1. add a stub if_ether.h with a couple of macros we want
2. replace the types during copying

Would this address all concerns?

> >
> > And we'll bikeshed the headers in the standard when we have to :)  They
> > certainly don't need to be cut&paste into the kernel sources.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Rusty.

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