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SubjectRe: [Fwd: Re: connector is missing in 2.6.12-rc2-mm1]
On Thu, Apr 07, 2005 at 03:24:34PM +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 12:41 +0200, Kay Sievers wrote:
> > On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 13:52 +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 10:12 +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 12:13 +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> > > > > The main idea was to simplify userspace control and notification
> > > > > system - so people did not waste it's time learning how skb's are
> > > > > allocated
> > > > > and processed, how socket layer is designed and what all those
> > > > > netlink_* and NLMSG* mean if they do not need it.
> > > >
> > > > Isn't connector built on top of netlink? If so, is there any reason for
> > > > it to be a new subsystem rather than an extension the the netlink API?
> > >
> > > Connector is not netlink API extension in any way.
> > > It uses netlink as transport layer, one can change
> > > cn_netlink_send()/cn_input()
> > > into something like bidirectional ioctl and use it.
> > >
> > > Only one cn_netlink_send() function can be "described" as API
> > > extension,
> > > although even it is not entirely true.
> >
> > I see much overlap here too. Wouldn't it be nice to see the transport
> > part of the connector code to be implemented as a generic netlink
> > multicast? We already have uni- and broadcast for netlink.
>
> Netlink broadcast is multicast actually,
> if listener exists, then message will be sent to him,
> if no - skb will be just freed.
>
> > Isn't the whole purpose of the connector to hook in notifications that
> > act only if someone is listening? That is a perfect multicast case. :)
>
> Connector can be used to send data from userspace to kernelspace,
> so it allows sending controlling messages without ioctl() compatibility
> mess and so on.
>
> One may use cn_netlink_send() to send notification without being
> registered
> in connector, if it's second parameter is 0, then appropriate
> connector listener will be searched for.

Sure, but seems I need to ask again: What is the exact reason not to implement
the muticast message multiplexing/subscription part of the connector as a
generic part of netlink? That would be nice to have and useful for other
subsystems too as an option to the current broadcast.

> It is different from netlink messages,
> netlink is a transport layer for connector.

That's still possible and the kernel usually doesn't care about unimplemented
alternatives. :)

Thanks,
Kay
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