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SubjectRe: [openib-general] Re: RFC: ipath ioctls and their replacements
On Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 02:32:41PM -0800, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> I've been flailing away at the ioctls in our driver, with a good degree
> of success. However, one in particular is proving tricky:
>
> > Opening the /dev/ipath special file assigns an appropriate free
> > unit (chip) and port (context on a chip) to a user process.
> > Think of it as similar to /dev/ptmx for ttys, except there isn't
> > a devpts-like filesystem behind it. Once a process has
> > opened /dev/ipath, it needs to find out which unit and port it
> > has opened, so that it can access other attributes in /sys. To
> > do this, we provide a GETPORT ioctl.
>
> I still don't see how to replace this with anything else without
> performing unnatural acts.

If this is all it does, why not keep it as a device file, where open()
assigns the resources, read() returns them, and close() frees them? no
ioctl necessary.

Cheers,
Muli
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Muli Ben-Yehuda
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