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SubjectRe: [PATCH] don't create regular files in devfs (fwd)
btw, I assumed that by "It" you meant the actual act of updating microcode
on cpus. If you were referring to the ability to manipulate microcode file
that I described, then "it" certainly does _not_ work if no devfs is
present.

Unless the world has been turned upside down and device nodes now have a
filesize stored somewhere? :)

Regards
Tigran

On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Tigran Aivazian wrote:

> On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 09:34:52AM +0000, Tigran Aivazian wrote:
> > > Hi Christoph,
> > >
> > > I don't know about mtrr (probably does it for the same reason) but the
> > > reason why microcode driver uses a regular file is because it needs
> > > something that only regular files can provide --- the file size.
> > >
> > > This is an easy external "signifier" as to whether a successfull microcode
> > > update has occurred or not.
> >
> > It seems to work without that feature on systems that don't have devfs..
>
> Of course it works without it. I never said it is a required feature, only
> a very nice to have. Namely:
>
> a) if devfs is available it provides a regular file whose size can be
> examined by applications and content read/written without much "fuss". In
> particular it is very convenient to say "vi microcode" and examine the
> content directly. If it was a device node then this would have been
> impossible.
>
> b) if devfs is not available then a limited basic functionality is
> provided --- i.e. just update the microcode on CPU(s) and write the log
> messages in the kernel log.
>
> Btw, having a size of mtrr is also useful for a similar reason.
>
> Regards
> Tigran
>
>

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