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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for genksyms (redhat section 8)

GENKSYMS(8)			       Linux Module Support			      GENKSYMS(8)

       genksyms - generate symbol version information

       genksyms [-wq] [-dD] [-V] [-k version] [-p string] [output directory]

       Genksyms  reads (on standard input) the output from "gcc -E source.c" and generates a file
       containing version information.

       Depending on the output format indicated by the -k option, the output will either be writ-
       ten to a .ver file in the named output directory, or to the standard output.

       Genksyms  normally  looks  for  explicit symbol table definitions in the source file.  All
       definitions and declarations of typedef, struct, union and enum will be	saved  for  later
       expansion.   Every  global  symbol  will  also  be saved, together with pointers that will
       enable a full expansion later on.

       When a symbol table is found in the source, the symbol will be expanded to its full  defi-
       nition, where all structs, unions, enums and typedefs will be expanded down to their basic
       part, recursively.  This final string will then be used as input to a CRC  algorithm  that
       will  give an integer that will change as soon as any of the included definitions changes,
       for this symbol.

       The version information	in  the  kernel  normally  looks  like:  symbol_R12345678,  where
       12345678 is the hexadecimal representation of the CRC.

       -d, --debug
	      Output debugging information; repeating this option increases the verbosity.  Debug
	      level 1 generates moderate information about the actions being taken; debug level 2
	      enables parser recognition output; debug level 3 enables lexical analysis output.

       -D, --dump
	      Dump expanded symbol definitions to stderr.  For debugging use only.

       -h, --help
	      Display a summary of options and immediately exit.

       -k version, --kernel version
	      Select  the  version  of	the  kernel  for which to generate output.  Omitting this
	      option assumes a version below 2.1.0.  Versions below 2.1.18 use	checksum  version
	      1,  and  produce their output in the directory given on the command line.  Versions
	      2.1.18 and above use checksum version 2 and produce their output on stdout.

       -p string, --prefix string
	      Prepend the given string to the CRCs generated for all symbols.  This  is  intended
	      for  use with, e.g., SMP kernels, wherein the modules are not compatible at a level
	      below that described by the data types.  This is primarily caused by  inline  func-
	      tion expansions in the module code itself.

       -q, --quiet
	      Quiet warnings, i.e. reverse the -w option.

       -V, --version
	      Display the version of genksyms.

       -w, --warnings
	      Enable  warnings	due to unrecognized syntax and declared but undefined structures.
	      These warnings are normally suppressed.

       insmod(8), modprobe(8)

       The -h option is broken; --help is fine.
       genksyms [-V | --version] should display version information and  then  exit  immediately.
       Instead, it prints the version information and behaves as if no options were given.

       This  versioning concept is a result from discussions, not at least on the KERNEL-channel,
       with a lot of people.

       The genksyms utility was created in 1994 by  Bjorn  Ekwall  <bj0rn@blox.se>  being  mostly
       inspired    by	 Jacques    Gelinas    <jack@solucorp.ca>    and    Jeremy   Fitzhardinge

       It was rewritten in 1996 by Richard Henderson to use a proper lexer and parser.

Linux					 January 30, 2002			      GENKSYMS(8)

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