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SubjectRe: [git pull] Input updates for 3.5-rc0
On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 02:44:31PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM, Linus Torvalds
> <> wrote:
> > On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Dmitry Torokhov
> > <> wrote:
> >>
> >> I was concerned about the _next_ device (the one that will be created
> >> the moment I plug in the tablet back into the same port) having exact
> >> same name as the one that is half dead and clashing in sysfs and
> >> elsewhere. We used to have issues with this.
> >
> > Ok, that's certainly a valid concern.
> >
> > It's still - I think - really sad/wrong that the device name is then
> > so useless than the drivers end up basically not using it.
> Ok, so I wonder if we could solve the issue at least partly by
> separating the "print name for kernel messages" from the "name used
> for /sysfs etc".
> Because you're right: the sysfs uniqueness rules does make it very
> hard to do a good job on descriptive names.
> Also, in sysfs, you by definition see the parent (hey, it's part of
> the path), so in sysfs, duplicating parent data would be useless and
> just ugly.
> But for dev_dbg(), those sysfs rules actually act against us: the name
> of a device is often tied to the parent bus location.
> So I wonder if we could teach dev_printk() to use something more
> interesting than "dev_name()" when appropriate? Greg?

I'm open to ideas on what to change it to. A full sysfs path?
Something more "unique"? I don't know what works for everything here.


greg k-h

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