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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/11] android: ram_console: split out persistent ram
On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 at 07:06:42PM -0800, Colin Cross wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM, Greg KH <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 at 05:34:32PM -0800, John Stultz wrote:
> >> From: Colin Cross <ccross@android.com>
> >>
> >> Split ram_console into two halves.
> >>
> >> persistent_ram is a set of apis that handle a block of memory
> >> that does not get erased across a reboot.  It provides functions
> >> to fill it as a single buffer or a ring buffer, and to extract
> >> the old data after a reboot.  It handles ecc on the data to
> >> correct bit errors introduced during reboot.
> >
> > That's a nice idea, but why are you rolling your own interface here and
> > not using the built-in one that the kernel already provides?  Is there
> > something lacking with what we have today that requires you to create
> > something different?  If so, why not just modify the existing interface
> > to make it work for you, that way the tools already created will work
> > automatically, and you will not have problems later ripping this out and
> > porting it to the in-kernel api.
>
> What interface are you referring to, pstore?

Yes.

> As I explained in the email John quoted to you,

Wait, what email? Did I miss a response here? Have a message-id: I can
search for?

> pstore would be a client of this, and ramconsole could be moved on top
> of pstore.

Ok, as long as that is the end goal, that's fine, it was not obvious
that this was the case at all, hence my confusion.

> This patch is just a refactoring that splits ramconsole and the
> persistent storage apart without significantly changing the api
> between them, and only makes it easier to insert pstore between them.

That's good to hear, I'll go queue them up then, thanks for clearing
this up.

greg k-h
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