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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/12] Add kdbus implementation
On Wed, 29 Oct 2014, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:

> > > kdbus is a kernel-level IPC implementation that aims for resemblance to
> > > the the protocol layer with the existing userspace D-Bus daemon while
> > > enabling some features that couldn't be implemented before in userspace.
> >
> > I'd be interested in the features that can't be implemented in userspace
> > (and therefore would justify existence of kdbus in the kernel). Could you
> > please point me to such list / documentation?
>
> Lennart has given whole talks about this in the past, here's a recent
> talk going into the details:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPbQzm_iz_k

I think it's a reasonable expectation that kernel patch submissions should
be reasonably self-contained though. We've always been very strict about
pushing everybody to provide extensive cover letters, changelogs and
explanations, so this shouldn't really be an exception, I think.

> > It seems to me that most of the highlight features from the cover letter
> > can be "easily" (for certain definition of that word, of course)
> > implemented in userspace (vmsplice(), sending fd through unix socket, user
> > namespaces, UUID management, etc).
>
> We have dbus in userspace today, but that requires extra copies of data,

But we can do zero-copy between processess for quite some time already, so
what exactly is the issue here?

> and isn't easy, or even possible, to do some of the application-specific
> bus logic that kdbus provides.

I unfortunately have absolutely no idea what should I imagine here.

> See the talk above for details, there are slides around somewhere with
> just text that we can add to the cover letter if that will help out in
> future spins of this patch series.

I think that would be very helpful. Thanks.

--
Jiri Kosina
SUSE Labs



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