Kernel symbol version history

David H. Lynch Jr. dhlii at
Thu Dec 6 03:17:25 EST 2007

    This might be slightly OT here, but would anyone know where there
might be a reference that indicates at precisely what version a given
symbol either appeared or disappeared within the  Linux kernel ?

     As an example if a driver is supposed to work for 2.6 and 2.4 and
uses sysfs, or cdev, or alloc_chr_dev_region or ...
    How can one tell at what point that api or symbol appeared so that
the proper conditionals appear within the driver.

    The last one that bit me was I made a collection of casting changes
to address 64bit vs. 32bit targets, and found that using the C99 fixed
size types - uint32_t, ... made life much more pleasant, after putting
them I nobody else could build because uintptr_t did not appear until
2.6.24, and I still have not figured out exactly when uint32_t etc.

    I would think there ought to be some resource besides group memory
to look this up ?
    Is there a way to use git to look back through the history of a
symbol rather than a file.

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