r298012 - [Modules] Add documentation on private frameworks

Bruno Cardoso Lopes via cfe-commits cfe-commits at lists.llvm.org
Thu Mar 16 16:18:56 PDT 2017

Author: bruno
Date: Thu Mar 16 18:18:55 2017
New Revision: 298012

URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project?rev=298012&view=rev
[Modules] Add documentation on private frameworks

Expand a bit on private modules with some guidance on how to write
them in the context of frameworks.



Modified: cfe/trunk/docs/Modules.rst
URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project/cfe/trunk/docs/Modules.rst?rev=298012&r1=298011&r2=298012&view=diff
--- cfe/trunk/docs/Modules.rst (original)
+++ cfe/trunk/docs/Modules.rst Thu Mar 16 18:18:55 2017
@@ -360,6 +360,7 @@ The ``framework`` qualifier specifies th
     Modules/module.modulemap  Module map for the framework
     Headers/                  Subdirectory containing framework headers
+    PrivateHeaders/           Subdirectory containing framework private headers
     Frameworks/               Subdirectory containing embedded frameworks
     Resources/                Subdirectory containing additional resources
     Name                      Symbolic link to the shared library for the framework
@@ -842,6 +843,16 @@ would be available when ``Foo_Private.h`
 easier to split a library's public and private APIs along header
+When writing a private module as part of a *framework*, it's recommended that:
+* Headers for this module are present in the ``PrivateHeaders``
+  framework subdirectory.
+* The private module is defined as a *submodule* of the public framework (if
+  there's one), similar to how ``Foo.Private`` is defined in the example above.
+* The ``explicit`` keyword should be used to guarantee that its content will
+  only be available when the submodule itself is explicitly named (through a
+  ``@import`` for example).
 Modularizing a Platform
 To get any benefit out of modules, one needs to introduce module maps for software libraries starting at the bottom of the stack. This typically means introducing a module map covering the operating system's headers and the C standard library headers (in ``/usr/include``, for a Unix system). 

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