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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/13] kdbus: add documentation
Hi Daniel,

On 01/20/2015 06:50 PM, Daniel Mack wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> Thanks a lot for for intense review of the documentation. Much appreciated.
> I've addressed all but the below issues, following your suggestions.

Are your changes already visible somewhere?

> On 01/20/2015 02:58 PM, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>>> + and KDBUS_CMD_ENDPOINT_MAKE (see above).
>>> +
>>> + Following items are expected for KDBUS_CMD_BUS_MAKE:
>>> + Contains a string to identify the bus name.
>> So, up to here, I've seen no definition of 'kdbus_item', which leaves me
>> asking questions like: what subfield is KDBUS_ITEM_MAKE_NAME stored in?
>> which subfield holds the pointer to the string?
>> Somewhere earlier, kdbus_item needs to be exaplained in more detail,
>> I think.
> Hmm, you're quoting text from section 5, and section 4 actually
> describes the concept of items quite well I believe?

Well, Section 4 is pretty short. My point is that most of the various
blob formats (e.g., kdbus_pids, kdbus_caps, kdbus_memfd) are not
documented in kdbus.txt. They all should be, IMO.

>>> + __s64 priority;
>>> + With KDBUS_RECV_USE_PRIORITY set in flags, receive the next message in
>>> + the queue with at least the given priority. If no such message is waiting
>>> + in the queue, -ENOMSG is returned.
>> ###
>> How do I simply select the highest priority message, without knowing what
>> its priority is?
> The wording is indeed unclear here. KDBUS_RECV_USE_PRIORITY causes the
> messages to be dequeued by their priority. The 'priority' field is
> simply a filter that request a minimum priority. By setting this field
> to the highest possible value, you effectively bypass the filter. I've
> added a better description now.

Thanks for the clarification.

>>> + -ENOMEM The kernel memory is exhausted
>>> + -ENOTTY Illegal ioctl command issued for the file descriptor
>> Why ENOTTY here, rather than EINVAL? The latter is, I beleive, the usual
>> ioctl() error for invalid commands, I believe (If you keep ENOTTY, add an
>> explanation in this document.)
> Hmm, no. -ENOTTY is commonly used as return code when calling ioctls
> that can't be handled by the FDs they're called on. 'man errno(3)' even
> states: "ENOTTY Inappropriate I/O control operation (POSIX.1)".


>>> + -EINVAL Unsupported item attached to command
>>> +
>>> +For all ioctls that carry a struct as payload:
>>> +
>>> + -EFAULT The supplied data pointer was not 64-bit aligned, or was
>>> + inaccessible from the kernel side.
>>> + -EINVAL The size inside the supplied struct was smaller than expected
>>> + -EMSGSIZE The size inside the supplied struct was bigger than expected
>> Why two different errors for smaller and larger than expected? (If you keep things this
>> way, pelase explain the reason in this document.)
> Providing a struct that is smaller than the minimum doesn't give the
> ioctl a valid set of information to process the request. Hence, I think
> -EINVAL is appropriate. However, -EMSGSIZE is something that users might
> hit when they make message payloads too big, and I think it's good to
> have a change to distinguish the two cases in error handling. I added
> something in the document now.


> Again, thanks a lot for reading the documentation so accurately!

You're welcome.



Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer;
Linux/UNIX System Programming Training:

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