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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] uio/pdrv_genirq: Add OF support
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On Tuesday 19 April 2011, John Williams wrote:
> OK, so let's talk about this interface. As I see it, it must be able
> to handle bind per-instance, not per compatibility.

Yes.

> For example, we make systems with multiple, identical timers. One
> will be used as the system timer, the others need to be (optionally)
> bound to generic UIO.
>
> Therefore, it's not OK to just do
>
> echo "vendor,device" >> /sys/class/something/generic-uio/compatlist
>
> or whatever, as this would bind all instances matching vendor,device.
>
> So, the question I have is, how to handle bind per-instance?
>
> I can accept that the generic-uio idea is permanently blocked, but
> please can we have some concrete suggestions on an approach that would
> be acceptable?

I think nobody has had a good idea so far, unfortunately. It would
be nice if you could research how libusb, vfio and qemu pci passthrough
work. Hopefully one of these uses a method that we can do here, too.

> > In the mean time, explicitly modifying the match table is an okay
> > compromise.
>
> My mind is still boggling that in this day and age it could possibly
> be preferred to modify code, instead of a data structure. However,
> clearly this is a lost cause!

It's preferred to do a local modification to a single kernel build over
introducing an interface that we have to maintain compatibility with
when we already know we don't want it.

Arnd


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