[webkit-dev] Exporting symbols (was Re: Common build system (was Re: WebKit Wishes))

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Thu Jan 31 00:17:12 PST 2013

On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM, Hajime Morrita <morrita at google.com> wrote:

> I did it for WTF and JSC with kevino at .
> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=72855
> I hope I had had time to extend the work to WebCore, which was my original
> goal :-/
> I did it through an automation but the tool was so slow and hacky that it
> was not capable for large WebCore codebase.
> Seeing that the number of exported symbol is about 2700, manual work with
> regular expression will also work
> if it is OK to do the work incrementally... and if you are patient enough
> :-)

2700 is a lot of symbols to export! Perhaps we can reduce the number of
exported symbols? For example, we can move more code from WebKit into
WebCore to share more code between ports so that the API surface WebCore
has to expose will be smaller and more well defined.

I also bet there are quite few symbols we export from WebCore that are no
longer used in WebKit.

- R. Niwa
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