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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Introduce {sysfs,device}_create_file_mode
On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 09:12:46PM +0200, Kay Sievers wrote:
> On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 21:08, Anton Vorontsov <cbouatmailru@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 11:38:06AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> >> On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:15:46PM +0400, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> >> > We need to create attributes with different modes across devices.
> >> > We can do this by modifying attr.mode between device_create_file
> >> > invocations, but that is racy in case of globally defined attrs.
> >> >
> >> > Luckily, there's sysfs_add_file_mode() function that seems to do
> >> > exactly what we want, and if we use it, we don't need any locks
> >> > to avoid races. Though, it isn't exposed via device-drivers core
> >> > API.
> >>
> >> But you race the creation of the device notifying userspace, and then
> >> the file being created, right?
> >
> > Yep, you've raised that question once, like 3 years ago. :-)
> >
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/4/11/452
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/4/12/144
> >
> > In short: we can't use attr groups since the attributes creation
> > is conditional. And we especially don't want to use the attr groups
> > for attrs with different modes. But it's not a problem, because...
>
> Groups have a filter callback for every member, to decide if the
> attribute should be created or not.

Thanks Kay. It seems the callback was added just a few months
after the discussion above. ;-)

And this commit looks especially cool:

commit 0f4238958d28044b335644b69df6071cdb04b5ce
Author: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com>
Date: Thu Mar 20 20:47:52 2008 -0500

[SCSI] sysfs: make group is_valid return a mode_t

Daniel, I think that today we can just use the attribute group
mechanism, it has all needed. Do you want me to prepare a patch
to convert existing attributes, or do you to try it yourself?

Just asking to not duplicate efforts.

--
Anton Vorontsov
email: cbouatmailru@gmail.com
irc://irc.freenode.net/bd2


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