[lkml]   [2011]   [Jun]   [24]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
Patch in this message
SubjectRe: [RFC] Don't use linux/version.h anymore to indicate a per-driver version - Was: Re: [PATCH 03/37] Remove unneeded version.h includes from include/
Em 24-06-2011 10:54, Hans Verkuil escreveu:
> On Friday, June 24, 2011 15:45:59 Devin Heitmueller wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
>> <> wrote:
>>>> MythTV has a bunch of these too (mainly so the code can adapt to
>>>> driver bugs that are fixed in later revisions). Putting Mauro's patch
>>>> upstream will definitely cause breakage.
>>> It shouldn't, as ivtv driver version is lower than 3.0.0. All the old bug fixes
>>> aren't needed if version is >= 3.0.0.
>>> Besides that, trusting on a driver revision number to detect that a bug is
>>> there is not the right thing to do, as version numbers are never increased at
>>> the stable kernels (nor distro modified kernels take care of increasing revision
>>> number as patches are backported there).
>> The versions are increased at the discretion of the driver maintainer,
>> usually when there is some userland visible change in driver behavior.
>> I assure you the application developers don't *want* to rely on such
>> a mechanism, but there have definitely been cases in the past where
>> there was no easy way to detect the behavior of the driver from
>> userland.
>> It lets application developers work around things like violations of
>> the V4L2 standard which get fixed in newer revisions of the driver.
>> It provides them the ability to put a hack in their code that says "if
>> (version < X) then this driver feature is broken and I shouldn't use
>> it."
> Indeed. Ideally we shouldn't need it. But reality is different.
> What we have right now works and I see no compelling reason to change the
> behavior.

A per-driver version only works if the user is running a vanilla kernel without
any stable patches applied.

I doubt that this covers the large amount of the users: they'll either use an
stable patched kernel or a distribution-specific one. On both cases, the driver
version is not associated with a bug fix, as the driver maintainers just take
care of increasing the driver version once per each new kernel version (when
they care enough).

Also, a git blame for the V4L2 drivers shows that only a few drivers have their
version increased as changes are applied there. So, relying on cap->version
has a minimal chance of working only with a few drivers, with vanilla *.0 kernels.

Anyway, I think that we should at least apply the enclosed patch, and remove
KERNEL_VERSION and linux/version.h includes for the drivers that didn't change
its version in the past 2 kernel releases.

I'll work later on the linux/version.h cleanup patches.



[media] v4l2-ioctl: Add a default value for kernel version

Most drivers don't increase kernel versions as newer features are added or
bug fixes are solved. So, vidioc_querycap returned value for cap->version is
meaningless. Instead of keeping this situation forever, let's add a default
value matching the current Linux version.

Drivers that want to keep their own version control can still do it, as they
can override the default value for cap->version.

Signed-off-by: Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>

diff --git a/drivers/media/video/v4l2-ioctl.c b/drivers/media/video/v4l2-ioctl.c
index 213ba7d..61ac6bf 100644
--- a/drivers/media/video/v4l2-ioctl.c
+++ b/drivers/media/video/v4l2-ioctl.c
@@ -16,6 +16,7 @@
#include <linux/slab.h>
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/kernel.h>
+#include <linux/version.h>

#include <linux/videodev2.h>

@@ -605,6 +606,7 @@ static long __video_do_ioctl(struct file *file,
if (!ops->vidioc_querycap)

+ cap->version = LINUX_VERSION_CODE;
ret = ops->vidioc_querycap(file, fh, cap);
if (!ret)
dbgarg(cmd, "driver=%s, card=%s, bus=%s, "

 \ /
  Last update: 2011-06-24 16:39    [W:0.109 / U:1.576 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site