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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] Proposal for a new watchdog interface using sysfs
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On Thu, 2003-02-13 at 14:58, Matt Porter wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2003 at 04:12:28PM -0500, Scott Murray wrote:
> > On Thu, 13 Feb 2003, Patrick Mochel wrote:
> > >
> > [snip]
> > > Create a watchdog timer class. That will contain all watchdog timers, no
> > > matter what bus they are on.
> > >
> > > I apologize for leading you astray with suggesting you treat them as
> > > system devices; I was under the assumption they were more important. :)
> > > They should always be in the most accurate place in the tree. Don't worry
> > > about what the user sees; consistency and accuracy are more important..
> >
> > I like this idea, since it means my init scripts wouldn't have to dig
> > around looking for watchdog directories/files on various flavours of cPCI
> > CPU cards. :)
>
> Yes, and on embedded SoC devices we have watchdog facilities sitting
> on an internal chip bus. It would be nice to find access points in
> a uniform place on any Linux system. i.e. PCI watchdog on my x86 desktop
> is in the same place as the on-chip watchdog on my PPC44x system.
>
> IMHO, anything else would be a logical step backwards from accessing
> /dev/watchdog across platforms.
>
> Regards,
> --
> Matt Porter
> porter@cox.net
> This is Linux Country. On a quiet night, you can hear Windows reboot.

I'm reworking the proposal and the patch to create a new class... but I
need to do some experimenting to make sure I really understand how
classes/interfaces/devices/drivers are suppose to work.

--rustyl

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