ldb_handler_fold: public or private?

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at samba.org
Mon Mar 21 06:30:59 MDT 2011

On Mon, 2011-03-21 at 08:19 -0400, simo wrote:
> On Sat, 2011-03-19 at 16:00 +0100, Jelmer Vernooij wrote:
> > ldb_handler_fold is a convenience function that is used in
> > source4/lib/ldb/common/attrib_handlers.c. It is currently public, but
> > not declared in any header files. As far as I can tell it's just a
> > trivial convenience function that was never intended to be public.
> > 
> > However, as it is public it is technically part of our ABI. 
> > 
> > We can:
> > 
> >  1) make it static (so the symbol is no longer exported)
> >  2) keep it public and add it to one of the headers
> >  3) keep it public but add a comment to remove it whenever we get a
> > chance
> > 
> > Is ldb_handler_fold useful for external users? How harmful would it be
> > to remove it now, given that it's not in any public header and nobody
> > should be using it?
> Does samba4 use it ?
> If it does, then it depends on it being exported, and it should also be
> public.
> If nobody uses it, then we can probably mark it deprecated for a while
> and finally remove it down the road.
No, Samba doesn't use it. It's only used in the file where it's
declared, it could just be static.


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