[RFC]confusions about 'struct' define

Sarbojit Ganguly unixman.linuxboy at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 10:18:45 EDT 2012

Foward declaration, that is.

You can vaguely compare it to function prototypes.

On 1 June 2012 15:00, Bernd Petrovitsch <bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at> wrote:
> Hi!
> On Don, 2012-05-31 at 01:37 +0800, harryxiyou wrote:
>> On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM, Gaurav Jain <gjainroorkee at gmail.com> wrote:
> [...]
>> > Those are forward declarations as they are being used in defining struct
>> > bus_attribute. It's nothing special about GNU-C. That's the case for ANSI-C
>> > too. Pretty standard.
> These actually exists since K&R times.
>> Hmmm.., that is to say, they may be used before definitions in this file or
>> defined in other files like 'struct iommu_ops;' field (Actually, i can
> Yes, that's the only reason. And you can't use it if you need the actual
> size of that struct because the compiler doesn't know it (yet).
> The main usage scenario is if you need a pointer to it.
>> not find this field's
>> definition in this file). However, if it has been defined in other
>> header files, we need
>> not declare here, right?
> If you #include that other file, yes.
> But it is not trivial in very large projects like the Linux kernel to
> keep somewhat logical and clean and circular-free -h files.
> And you also do not really want a separate .h file for each struct.
>        Bernd
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