Typedef removal tool

Julia Lawall julia at diku.dk
Wed Aug 12 05:01:52 UTC 2009

On Tue, 11 Aug 2009, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:

> Anyone know if there is a typedef removal tool? When porting drivers
> this needs to be done quite often.
> FWIW I've started porting some driver and have come across some tools,
> or written my own scripts, which have helped. Using spatch to port a
> driver was such a tool I explored. I think I'll try to put together
> some info on the driver project wiki for this. typdef removal tool
> would still be neat.

Nicolas Palix (in CC) did a bit of work on this recently using Coccinelle, 
but the problem is that simply removing the typedef is not enough, one has 
to come up with a name that is within the spirit of the names used in 
Linux, or perhaps recognize that the structure in question already exists 
in a more general form in the kernel an thus the declaration should be 
removed completely.

Someone else made a dedicated tool using a dictionary of the old and new 
names that at least partially addresses these problems.  Nicolas knows who 
that person is.


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