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SubjectRE: [PATCH v5 2/2] platform/mellanox/mlxbf-bootctl: Add the ABI definitions
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Thanks Greg for the comments!  Please see my response inline.

Regards,
- Liming

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
> Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 1:59 PM
> To: Liming Sun <lsun@mellanox.com>
> Cc: Andy Shevchenko <andy@infradead.org>; Darren Hart <dvhart@infradead.org>; Vadim Pasternak <vadimp@mellanox.com>; David
> Woods <dwoods@mellanox.com>; platform-driver-x86@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; David S. Miller
> <davem@davemloft.net>; Mauro Carvalho Chehab <mchehab+samsung@kernel.org>; Jonathan Cameron
> <Jonathan.Cameron@huawei.com>; Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre@microchip.com>; Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.ibm.com>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 2/2] platform/mellanox/mlxbf-bootctl: Add the ABI definitions
>
> On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 01:49:05PM -0400, Liming Sun wrote:
> > This commit adds the ABI definitions exposed to userspace for
> > the platform/mellanox/mlxbf-bootctl driver.
> >
> > Reviewed-by: Vadim Pasternak <vadimp@mellanox.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Liming Sun <lsun@mellanox.com>
> > ---
> > .../ABI/testing/sysfs-platform-mellanox-bootctl | 58 ++++++++++++++++++++++
> > MAINTAINERS | 1 +
> > 2 files changed, 59 insertions(+)
> > create mode 100644 Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-platform-mellanox-bootctl
> >
> > diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-platform-mellanox-bootctl b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-platform-mellanox-
> bootctl
> > new file mode 100644
> > index 0000000..19a14db
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-platform-mellanox-bootctl
> > @@ -0,0 +1,58 @@
> > +What: /sys/bus/platform/drivers/mlxbf-bootctl/lifecycle_state
> > +Date: May 2019
> > +KernelVersion: 5.3
> > +Contact: "Liming Sun <lsun@mellanox.com>"
> > +Description:
> > + The Life-cycle state of the SoC, which could be one of the
> > + following values.
> > + Production - Production state and can be updated to secure
> > + GA Secured - Secure chip and not able to change state
> > + GA Non-Secured - Non-Secure chip and not able to change state
> > + RMA - Return Merchandise Authorization
>
> A "driver" does not have a lifecycle state, a "device" does.
>
> You are putting all of these attributes in the wrong place. Put them on
> your device please, not the driver. driver-specific attributes are
> _VERY_ rare, and only for things that can modify/show for all devices
> attached to that driver.

This driver is running on the ARM processor of the SoC. The 'device' is
the SoC itself. That's to say, there is only one device here attached to
the driver and the driver state will also be the device state.

This interface has been used by user-space applications for a couple of
releases. It'll be great if it could stay in such way for compatibility. Please
advise if this is strongly preferred to move them under devices.

>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h

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