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SubjectRe: sysfs permissions on dynamic attributes (led delay_on and delay_off)
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On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 4:21 AM, Richard Purdie
<richard.purdie@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 2012-07-21 at 01:26 -0700, Colin Cross wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM, Richard Purdie
>> <richard.purdie@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>> > On Fri, 2012-07-20 at 21:08 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
>> >> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 05:46:14PM -0700, Colin Cross wrote:
>> >> > I'm trying to use the standard ledtrig-timer.c code to handle led
>> >> > blinking for notifications on an Android device, and I'm hitting some
>> >> > issues with setting permissions on the dynamically created delay_on
>> >> > and delay_off attributes. For most sysfs files, we have userspace
>> >> > uevent parser that watches for device add notifications and
>> >> > chowns/chmods attributes. This doesn't work for delay_on and
>> >> > delay_off, because they are created later, when "timer" is written to
>> >> > the trigger attribute. There is no uevent when the new files are
>> >> > created, and sysfs doesn't support inotify, so I don't see any way to
>> >> > receive an event to set the permissions. This issue exists any time
>> >> > that device_create_file is called after device_add.
>> >> >
>> >> > What is the appropriate way to get an event to set the permissions?
>> >> > Add inotify support for sysfs file creation? Send a KOBJ_CHANGE
>> >> > uevent in device_create_file?
>> >>
>> >> No.
>> >>
>> >> > Send a KOBJ_CHANGE uevent from the driver after calling
>> >> > device_create_file?
>> >>
>> >> Yes.
>> >>
>> >> > Dynamically create a timer device under /sys/class/leds/<led> so a new
>> >> > add uevent gets sent?
>> >>
>> >> Ick.
>> >>
>> >> > Promote blinking to be a core led feature instead of a trigger, so the
>> >> > files are always present?
>> >>
>> >> That's the best thing, why not just do that?
>> >
>> > This implies we should make every trigger a core led feature and
>> > effectively do away with triggers. I'm not sure that makes sense.
>>
>> Blinking is already effectively a core feature. It is implemented in
>> led-core.c so it can be used by other triggers besides timer, it's
>> state is stored in the led_classdev structure, not in the trigger
>> data, and the only thing left in ledtrig-timer.c is the sysfs files.
>
> Having the attributes present all the time leads to some nasty questions
> like how the on/off delays interact with things like say a network
> activity trigger. Not all triggers are going to respect these delay
> values and I can imagine a whole new set of nasty bug reports with no
> easy solutions if this change is made...

The delay_on and delay_off files could easily override the values from
the trigger.

Sending a KOBJ_CHANGE uevent is not a great solution, it's still
horribly racy in userspace. This script would never work reliably:
echo timer > trigger
echo 1000 > delay_on
echo 1000 > delay_off
echo 255 > brightness

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