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authorEric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>2009-11-16 02:40:01 -0800
committerEric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>2009-11-18 08:14:55 -0800
commit86926d0096279b9739ceeff40f68d3c33b9119a9 (patch)
parent60a0a52df149286a25fddf9b2d0cfe77cf0bc516 (diff)
sysctl: Remove CTL_NONE and CTL_UNNUMBERED
Now that the sysctl structures no longer have a ctl_name field there is no reason to retain the definitions for CTL_NONE and CTL_UNNUMBERED, or to explain their historic usage. Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>
2 files changed, 0 insertions, 31 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/sysctl/ctl_unnumbered.txt b/Documentation/sysctl/ctl_unnumbered.txt
deleted file mode 100644
index 23003a8ea3e..00000000000
--- a/Documentation/sysctl/ctl_unnumbered.txt
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,22 +0,0 @@
-Except for a few extremely rare exceptions user space applications do not use
-the binary sysctl interface. Instead everyone uses /proc/sys/... with
-readable ascii names.
-Recently the kernel has started supporting setting the binary sysctl value to
-CTL_UNNUMBERED so we no longer need to assign a binary sysctl path to allow
-sysctls to show up in /proc/sys.
-Assigning binary sysctl numbers is an endless source of conflicts in sysctl.h,
-breaking of the user space ABI (because of those conflicts), and maintenance
-problems. A complete pass through all of the sysctl users revealed multiple
-instances where the sysctl binary interface was broken and had gone undetected
-for years.
-So please do not add new binary sysctl numbers. They are unneeded and
-If you really need a new binary sysctl number please first merge your sysctl
-into the kernel and then as a separate patch allocate a binary sysctl number.
-(ebiederm@xmission.com, June 2007)
diff --git a/include/linux/sysctl.h b/include/linux/sysctl.h
index b4f6adc6a02..c83a86a2238 100644
--- a/include/linux/sysctl.h
+++ b/include/linux/sysctl.h
@@ -15,9 +15,6 @@
** The kernel will then return -ENOTDIR to any application using
** the old binary interface.
- ** For new interfaces unless you really need a binary number
- ** please use CTL_UNNUMBERED.
- **
@@ -50,12 +47,6 @@ struct __sysctl_args {
/* Top-level names: */
-/* For internal pattern-matching use only: */
-#ifdef __KERNEL__
-#define CTL_NONE 0
-#define CTL_UNNUMBERED CTL_NONE /* sysctl without a binary number */
CTL_KERN=1, /* General kernel info and control */