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SubjectRe: RFC: ipath ioctls and their replacements
On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 04:43:31PM -0800, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> For EEPROM/flash management:
>
> READ_EEPROM reads the flash. WRITE_EEPROM writes it. I don't
> see a standard way of doing this in the kernel; many drivers
> provide their own private ioctls, some on dedicated special
> files. I think that using read and write instead would be okay
> (with a small qualm about semantics), but this idea makes an
> influential coworker barf violently. I can't see how we could
> use the ethtool flash interface: the low-level driver doesn't
> look like a regular net device, and we support partial updates
> of the flash.

Use the firmware subsystem for this. It uses sysfs so ioctl needed at
all.

thanks,

greg k-h
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