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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5][RFC] Physical PCI slot objects
On Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:26:32 -0800
Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 01:21:54PM -0700, Alex Chiang wrote:
> > * Greg KH <greg@kroah.com>:
> > > On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 05:08:53PM -0700, Alex Chiang wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Recently, Matthew Wilcox sent out the following mail about
> > > > PCI slots:
> > > >
> > > > http://marc.info/?l=linux-pci&m=119432330418980&w=2
> > > >
> > > > The following patch series is a rough first cut at
> > > > implementing the ideas he outlined, namely, that PCI slots
> > > > are physical objects that we care about, independent of their
> > > > hotplug capabilities.
> > >
> > > Also, some companies already provide userspace tools to get all
> > > of this information about the different slots in a system and
> > > what is where, from userspace, no kernel changes are needed.
> > > So, why add all this extra complexity to the kernel if it is
> > > not needed?
> >
> > On HP ia64 systems, that information is locked away in ACPI, and
> > there's no easy way to get at it. Alex Williamson tried providing
> > a generic dev_acpi driver, so that userspace could do whatever
> > they wanted to with the information:
> >
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2004/8/3/106
> >
> > And that effort kinda died. I'm of mixed feelings on that driver,
> > since it would be really nice to get unfettered access to the
> > ACPI namespace, but it's pretty dangerous, since any interesting
> > thing you might want to do is actually a method (aka, it calls
> > into firmware) and who knows what side effects there might be.
> >
> > So from my point of view, if ia64 customers want to know about
> > the slots they have in their systems, we're gonna have to do
> > something kernel-intrusive anyhow.
>
> Doesn't /sys/firmware/acpi give you raw access to the correct tables
> already?
>
> And isn't there some other tool that dumps the raw ACPI tables? I
> thought the acpi developers used it all the time when debugging things
> with users.
>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h
>

There are - people should take a look at the Intel Linux Firmware Kit
for an example of how to parse ACPI tables in userspace - the code
is also GPL'd, so you are free to use it in another GPL application.

http://www.linuxfirmwarekit.org/download.php#source

In many DSDTs I've seen, _SUN is hardcoded anyway and can be found
by reading the DSDT from userspace. This is what the firmwarekit
does to check for duplicate _SUN in one of it's tests.

Kristen

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