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    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, "

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