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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Document genhd capability flags
On Fri, Mar 06, 2020 at 06:16:21PM +0100, Stephen Kitt wrote:
> The kernel documentation includes a brief section about genhd
> capabilities, but it turns out that the only documented
> capability (GENHD_FL_MEDIA_CHANGE_NOTIFY) isn't used any more.
>
> This patch removes that flag, and documents the rest, based on my
> understanding of the current uses of these flags in the kernel. The
> documentation is kept in the header file, alongside the declarations,
> in the hope that it will be kept up-to-date in future; the kernel
> documentation is changed to include the documentation generated from
> the header file.
>
> Because the ultimate goal is to provide some end-user
> documentation (or end-administrator documentation), the comments are
> perhaps more user-oriented than might be expected.

Thank you! I have some suggestions for further improvement ...

> -capability is a hex word indicating which capabilities a specific disk
> -supports. For more information on bits not listed here, see
> -include/linux/genhd.h
> +``capability`` is a hex word indicating which capabilities a specific
> +disk supports:

``capability`` is a bitfield, printed in hexadecimal, indicating ...

> + * ``GENHD_FL_UP`` (16): indicates that the block device is "up", with
> + * a similar meaning to network interfaces.

Since we're printing it in hex, the value here should be displayed in hex
to help the end-user. So ``GENHD_FL_UP`` (0x10), etc.

> #define GENHD_FL_REMOVABLE 1
> -/* 2 is unused */
> -#define GENHD_FL_MEDIA_CHANGE_NOTIFY 4
> +/* 2 is unused (used to be GENHD_FL_DRIVERFS) */
> +/* 4 is unused (used to be GENHD_FL_MEDIA_CHANGE_NOTIFY) */
> #define GENHD_FL_CD 8
> #define GENHD_FL_UP 16
> #define GENHD_FL_SUPPRESS_PARTITION_INFO 32
> -#define GENHD_FL_EXT_DEVT 64 /* allow extended devt */
> +#define GENHD_FL_EXT_DEVT 64
> #define GENHD_FL_NATIVE_CAPACITY 128
> #define GENHD_FL_BLOCK_EVENTS_ON_EXCL_WRITE 256
> #define GENHD_FL_NO_PART_SCAN 512

Maybe these should also be converted to hex to match?

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