libsmbclient for Samba4: initial design issues

Stefan (metze) Metzmacher metze at
Sat Aug 13 06:16:01 GMT 2005

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tridge at schrieb:
> Derrell,
> yes, I understand what you're trying to achieve, you want all symbols
> in any Samba supplied libs to hide behind a single part of the
> namespace. My objection is that it adds another level of prefix to
> every single function, which I think makes the code less readable.
> Perhaps we could look at a different technical solution? I believe
> that gcc and the GNU binutils has a way of marking functions as being
> public when the code is in a library, thus allowing C code to specify
> a 3 level scoping of "public", "internal" and "file", instead of the
> usual 2 level scoping of "public" and "file" given by
> static/non-static.

yes, that's also the idea I had,
on some platforms it's also possible to tell the linker which symbols it should
make public, I don't know all details.

and for the header files, I think can maybe write a script the generates
public header files, and export only the stuff which should be public

> This wouldn't help us on non-GNU platforms, but it would solve the
> namespace problem on the majority of our users platforms, and the
> other platforms can just live with the (very small!) chance of a name
> collision with the small range of prefixes we have now.
> To do this we'd need something like:
> #ifdef __GNUC__
> # define PUBLIC __attribute__(_some_magic_attribute_)
> #else
> # define PUBLIC
> #endif
> then you would add PUBLIC in front of the functions you want to expose
> in libsmbclient.
> It might be that __GNUC__ is the wrong test, as perhaps some other
> compilers have this capability as well, in which case a autoconf test
> would be appropriate.
> I also think that reducing the number of namespace prefixes we use is
> worthwhile, so your example of BlockSignals() is a good one, and that
> should indeed change, perhaps to sys_block_signals(), but I don't
> think the namespace problem is big enough to burden every internal
> function with a smb_ prefix.
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