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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] of: overlay: user space synchronization
On 10/15/18 17:35, wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:27:01 -0700, said:
>> From: Frank Rowand <>
>> When an overlay is applied or removed, the live devicetree visible in
>> /proc/device-tree/, aka /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/, reflects the
>> changes. There is no method for user space to determine whether the
>> live devicetree was modified by overlay actions.
>> Provide a sysfs file, /sys/firmware/devicetree/tree_version, to allow
>> user space to determine if the live devicetree has remained unchanged
>> while a series of one or more accesses of /proc/device-tree/ occur.
>> The use of both dynamic devicetree modifications and overlay apply and
>> removal are not supported during the same boot cycle. Thus non-overlay
>> dynamic modifications are not reflected in the value of tree_version.
> Is there an easy way from userspace to detect "yes/no dynamic modifications
> have been done since boot"?

Unfortunately not.

I considered adding detecting dynamic modifications in another patch, making
this a two patch series, but that feature will be much more intrusive than
detecting modifications made by overlays. I may add that feature in the
future, but not anytime soon.

If you want to understand a little bit about why dynamic modifications
occur, please see my reply to Geert in the thread about version 1 of
this patch.

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