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All headers under include/export/ are export headers that are intended for
inclusion in third-party code which needs to interact with TF-A data structures
or interfaces. They must follow these special rules:
- Header guards should start with ARM_TRUSTED_FIRMWARE_ to reduce clash risk.
- All definitions should be sufficiently namespaced (e.g. with BL_ or TF_) to
make name clashes with third-party code unlikely.
- They must not #include any headers except other export headers, and those
includes must use relative paths with "../double_quotes.h" notation.
- They must not rely on any type definitions other that <stdint.h> types defined
in the ISO C standard (i.e. uint64_t is fine, but not u_register_t). They
should still not #include <stdint.h>. Instead, wrapper headers including
export headers need to ensure that they #include <stdint.h> earlier in their
include order.
- They must not rely on any macro definitions other than those which are
pre-defined by all common compilers (e.g. __ASSEMBLER__ or __aarch64__).
- They must only contain macro, type and structure definitions, no prototypes.
- They should avoid using integer types with architecture-dependent widths
(e.g. long, uintptr_t, pointer types) where possible. (Some existing export
headers are violating this for now.)
- Their names should always end in "_exp.h".
- Normal TF-A code should never include export headers directly. Instead, it
should include a wrapper header that ensures the export header is included in
the right manner. (The wrapper header for include/export/x/y/z_exp.h should
normally be placed at include/x/y/z.h.)