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SubjectRe: [PATCH][resubmit] HP iLO driver
On Tue 2008-07-08 10:02:41, Bruno Prémont wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Jul 2008 09:21:52 +0200 Pavel Machek <pavel@suse.cz> wrote:
> > On Mon 2008-07-07 17:37:18, Altobelli, David wrote:
> > > Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > Hi!
> > > >
> > > >>>> A driver for the HP iLO/iLO2 management processor, which allows
> > > >>>> userspace programs to query the management processor. Programs
> > > >>>> can open a channel to the device (/dev/hpilo/dXccbN), and use
> > > >>>> this to send/receive queries.
> > > >>>
> > > >>> What kind of queries? Is there documentation somewhere?
> > > >>
> > > >> Generally, it can get data out of the management processor -
> > > >> things like basic iLO configuration (users, nic, etc), handle
> > > >> SNMP traffic, flashing iLO, and some others.
> > > >>
> > > >> Unfortunately, there isn't yet any available documenation.
> > > >
> > > > Ok, I guess we should have documentation "what does it do" and
> > > > "what protocol does it speak" before we can think about merging.
> > >
> > > I really hope that isn't the case.
> >
> > Telling us "what does it do" seems like good start.
> >
> > > However, I do think there is value in merging the driver without
> > > docs. Having drivers in tree is often stated as a goal, because of
> > > the obvious security and API/ABI disadvantages to out of tree
> > > drivers.
> >
> > You know, we'd prefer to have kernel<->user ABI documented. With this
> > driver... we don't.
> >
> > What does /dev/hpilo/* do? Beep speakers? Control fans? Launch atomic
> > bombs? What will happen on cat /bin/bash > /dev/hpilo/dXccbN? Does
> > that depend on concrete machine? Is it acceptable for this
> > functionality not to be abstracted out? (Kernel should provide hw
> > abstraction, right?)
>
> If the driver allows access to hardware monitoring features available
> via iLO/iLO2 (fan, temperature, voltage) it would be really useful if
> this driver also registered the sensors with hwmon framework so the
> details are accessible via lm_sensors. (like is now done for ACPI
> thermal zone)
> Same applies for any information that could be properly mapped to
> other existing frameworks (e.g. power supply class)

Yes.. and other stuff it can do should be exported in "reasonable"
form, like /sys interface where it makes sense.
Pavel
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