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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fix pktcdvd breakage from commit e105b8bfc769b0545b6f0f395179d1e43cbee822
On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 13:19, Al Viro <> wrote:
> device_create() will create a symlink in /sys/dev/char unless
> the class has ->dev_kobj cleared; pktcdvd uses it to populate the
> /sys/class/pktcdvd/ with per-device subdirectories. While we do
> want /sys/class/pktcdvd/pktcdvd[0-7]/dev to contain a device number,
> we definitely do not want it to try and crap into /sys/dev/char; if
> nothing else, device number is *block* one (and we don't want it
> to crap into /sys/dev/block either - there such symlinks will be created
> by add_disk() and they will point to /sys/block/pktcdvd[0-7]).
> As it is, attempt to set the damn thing up will end up with
> sysfs_add_one() barfing at duplicate entries and /sys/class/pktcdvd/pktcdvd*/*/
> not created at all. The fix is trivial: clear ->dev_kobj in the class to
> tell device_add() that no, we do *not* want these symlinks, TYVM...
> FWIW, all traces containing pkt_setup_dev() on appear
> to be from that one. It had been around since 2.6.26; probably -stable
> fodder...
> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
> ---
> diff --git a/drivers/block/pktcdvd.c b/drivers/block/pktcdvd.c
> index f20bf35..79981f2 100644
> --- a/drivers/block/pktcdvd.c
> +++ b/drivers/block/pktcdvd.c
> @@ -417,6 +417,7 @@ static int pkt_sysfs_init(void)
> printk(DRIVER_NAME": failed to create class pktcdvd\n");
> return ret;
> }
> + class_pktcdvd->dev_kobj = NULL;
> return 0;
> }

I posted a fix for that weeks ago. But the pktcdvd maintainer stated,
that the char device nodes are not used for anything. So the whole use
of dev_t should be removed entirely. They just blindly claim the same
char dev_t the block devices use, and conflict with char devices from
other subsystems. Patching out the /sys/dev/class links fixes the
oops, but the underlying fundamental breakage will still exist.

Original mail here states:
"Maybe, but that character device would not be used for anything,
besides creating sub-directories in /sys/class/pktcdvd. The driver
implements a block device, not a character device."

No idea why this never got fixed.


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