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SubjectRe: [RESEND PATCH v18 0/3] userspace MHI client interface driver
On Wed 03 Feb 12:40 CST 2021, Jakub Kicinski wrote:

> On Wed, 3 Feb 2021 19:28:28 +0100 Loic Poulain wrote:
> > On Wed, 3 Feb 2021 at 19:05, Jakub Kicinski <kuba@kernel.org> wrote:
> > > On Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:45:06 +0530 Manivannan Sadhasivam wrote:
> > > > The current patchset only supports QMI channel so I'd request you to
> > > > review the chardev node created for it. The QMI chardev node created
> > > > will be unique for the MHI bus and the number of nodes depends on the
> > > > MHI controllers in the system (typically 1 but not limited).
> > >
> > > If you want to add a MHI QMI driver, please write a QMI-only driver.
> > > This generic "userspace client interface" driver is a no go. Nobody will
> > > have the time and attention to police what you throw in there later.
> >
> > Think it should be seen as filtered userspace access to MHI bus
> > (filtered because not all channels are exposed), again it's not
> > specific to MHI, any bus in Linux offers that (i2c, spi, usb, serial,
> > etc...). It will not be specific to QMI, since we will also need it
> > for MBIM (modem control path), AT commands, and GPS (NMEA frames), all
> > these protocols are usually handled by userspace tools and not linked
> > to any internal Linux framework, so it would be better not having a
> > dedicated chardev for each of them.
>
> The more people argue for this backdoor interface the more distrustful
> of it we'll become. Keep going at your own peril.

With things such as USBDEVFS, UIO, spi-dev and i2c-dev already exposing
various forms of hardware directly to userspace in an identical fashion,
can you please explain why you believe this would be inappropriate for
MHI devices?

Thanks,
Bjorn

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