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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] ACPI PCI slot detection driver
On Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:30:36 -0800
Greg KH <gregkh@suse.de> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 10:18:28AM -0800, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> > On Monday, March 03, 2008 9:49 pm Greg KH wrote:
> > > On Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 07:43:07AM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > > > On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 09:25:42PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > > What is the guarantee that the names of these slots are
> > > > > correct and do not happen to be the same as the hotpluggable
> > > > > ones?
> > > >
> > > > That would be a bug -- and yes, bugs happen, and we have to
> > > > deal with them.
> > >
> > > My main concern is that BIOS vendors will not fix these bugs, as
> > > no other OS cares/does this kind of thing today. The ammount of
> > > bad information out there might be quite large, and I think this
> > > was confirmed by some initial testing of IBM systems, right?
> >
> > Yeah, but there's a flip side to this too: if no one uses the
> > data, no one will complain when it's wrong. If Linux starts making
> > it easy to see this stuff, there's a chance system vendors will
> > start taking an extra 5 min. before shipment to make sure that the
> > BIOS info is up to date...
> >
> > OTOH, I'm not sure which is worse, bad data or no data.
>
> bad data is worse.
>
> And then there's the machines with duplicate slot names, how does this
> code handle PCI slots with that? I think some of the IBM machines had
> non-hotplug slots named the same as the hotplug slots, right?
>
> This stuff needs a _lot_ of testing on a lot of different machines,
> and a sane way to fall-back if there are errors to ensure that working
> machines don't break.
>
> And then there's the issue with userspace programs only expecting
> hotplugable slots in the slots/ directory...
>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h
>

I too worry about interaction with other vendor's machines, so maybe we
should make it easier to test by putting this series into linux-next?



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