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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2 5/5] memory: renesas-rpc-if: Export symbols as GPL
Hi Krzysztof,

Thank you for the review.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Krzysztof Kozlowski <>
> Sent: 28 November 2020 11:42
> To: Prabhakar Mahadev Lad <>
> Cc: Sergei Shtylyov <>; Philipp Zabel <>; Jiri Kosina
> <>; Mark Brown <>;; Pavel Machek
> <>; Geert Uytterhoeven <>;; Prabhakar
> <>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 5/5] memory: renesas-rpc-if: Export symbols as GPL
> On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 07:11:46PM +0000, Lad Prabhakar wrote:
> > Renesas RPC-IF driver is licensed under GPL2.0, to be in sync export the
> > symbols as GPL.
> It's not a valid reason to export them as GPL. Entire Linux source code
> is licensed as GPL-2.0, so are you going to change all EXPORT_SYMBOL to
> GPL?
Agreed not a valid case. That clears my understanding wrt GPL exports 😊

> Please describe it better. Usually the symbols are exported as GPL if
> they are considered tightly coupled with the kernel code. So tightly
> that basically it is not a interface anymore but part of kernel
> internals and therefore any usage of it is a derivative work of Linux
> kernel. If this is the case here, please describe in commit msg why
> these match this criteria.
Thank you for the clarification. The symbols can remain exported without GPL as this is not tightly coupled to the kernel.

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