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SubjectRE: [PATCH v3 4/8] platform/x86: wmi: create character devices when requested by drivers
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg KH [mailto:greg@kroah.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:24 AM
> To: Limonciello, Mario <Mario_Limonciello@Dell.com>
> Cc: dvhart@infradead.org; Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@gmail.com>;
> LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>; platform-driver-x86@vger.kernel.org;
> Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>; quasisec@google.com;
> pali.rohar@gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 4/8] platform/x86: wmi: create character devices when
> requested by drivers
>
> On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 11:02:16PM -0500, Mario Limonciello wrote:
> > For WMI operations that are only Set or Query read or write sysfs
> > attributes created by WMI vendor drivers make sense.
> >
> > For other WMI operations that are run on Method, there needs to be a
> > way to guarantee to userspace that the results from the method call
> > belong to the data request to the method call. Sysfs attributes don't
> > work well in this scenario because two userspace processes may be
> > competing at reading/writing an attribute and step on each other's
> > data.
> >
> > When a WMI vendor driver declares a set of functions in a
> > file_operations object the WMI bus driver will create a character
> > device that maps to those file operations.
> >
> > That character device will correspond to this path:
> > /dev/wmi/$driver
> >
> > This policy is selected as one driver may map and use multiple
> > GUIDs and it would be better to only expose a single character
> > device.
> >
> > The WMI vendor drivers will be responsible for managing access to
> > this character device and proper locking on it.
> >
> > When a WMI vendor driver is unloaded the WMI bus driver will clean
> > up the character device.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Mario Limonciello <mario.limonciello@dell.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/platform/x86/wmi.c | 98
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
> > include/linux/wmi.h | 1 +
> > 2 files changed, 94 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/platform/x86/wmi.c b/drivers/platform/x86/wmi.c
> > index 4d73a87c2ddf..17399df87948 100644
> > --- a/drivers/platform/x86/wmi.c
> > +++ b/drivers/platform/x86/wmi.c
> > @@ -34,7 +34,9 @@
> > #define pr_fmt(fmt) KBUILD_MODNAME ": " fmt
> >
> > #include <linux/acpi.h>
> > +#include <linux/cdev.h>
> > #include <linux/device.h>
> > +#include <linux/idr.h>
> > #include <linux/init.h>
> > #include <linux/kernel.h>
> > #include <linux/list.h>
> > @@ -50,6 +52,9 @@ MODULE_AUTHOR("Carlos Corbacho");
> > MODULE_DESCRIPTION("ACPI-WMI Mapping Driver");
> > MODULE_LICENSE("GPL");
> >
> > +#define WMI_MAX_DEVS MINORMASK
> > +static DEFINE_IDR(wmi_idr);
>
> You never free the idr's memory when you unload the module :(

Whoops thanks, will fix. ☹
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