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SubjectRe: [PATCH 15/16 v6] PCI: document the SR-IOV sysfs entries
On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 11:18:37AM +0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 11:01:29AM +0800, Zhao, Yu wrote:
> > Greg KH wrote:
> >> On Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 08:33:18PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> >>> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 04:45:15PM +0800, Yu Zhao wrote:
> >>>> Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-pci | 33
> >>>> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>>> 1 files changed, 33 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >>>>
> >>>> diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-pci
> >>>> b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-pci
> >>>> index ceddcff..41cce8f 100644
> >>>> --- a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-pci
> >>>> +++ b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-pci
> >>>> @@ -9,3 +9,36 @@ Description:
> >>>> that some devices may have malformatted data. If the
> >>>> underlying VPD has a writable section then the
> >>>> corresponding section of this file will be writable.
> >>>> +
> >>>> +What: /sys/bus/pci/devices/.../iov/enable
> >>> Are you sure this is still the correct location with your change to
> >>> struct device?
> >> Nevermind, this is correct.
> >> But the bigger problem is that userspace doesn't know when these
> >> attributes show up. So tools like udev and HAL and others can't look
> >> for them as they never get notified, and they don't even know if they
> >> should be looking for them or not.
> >> Is there any way to tie these attributes to the "main" pci device so
> >> that they get created before the device is announced to the world?
> >> Doing that would solve this issue.
> >> thanks,
> >> greg k-h
> >
> > Currently PCI subsystem has /sys/.../{vendor,device,...} bundled to the
> > main PCI device (I suppose this means the entries are created by
> > 'device_add')
> >
> > And after the PCI device is announced,
> > /sys/.../{config,resourceX,rom,vpd,iov,...} get created depending on if
> > these features are supported.
>
> And that's a bug. Let's not continue to make the same bug here as well.
>
> > Making dynamic entries tie to the main PCI device would require PCI
> > subsystem to allocate different 'bus_type' for the devices, right?
>
> No, it would just mean they need to be all added before the device is
> fully registered with the driver core.

I looked into the PCI and driver core code again, but didn't figured out how
to do it.

A 'pci_dev' is added by pci_bus_add_device() via device_add(), which creates
sysfs entries according to 'dev_attrs' in the 'pci_bus_type'. If we want those
dynamic entries to appear before the uevent is triggered, we have to bundle
them into the 'dev_attrs'. Is this right way for the dynamic entries? Or I
missed something?

Thanks,
Yu


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