Re: [RFC] New kobject/kset/ktype documentation and example code
From: Kay Sievers
Date: Wed Nov 28 2007 - 12:01:31 EST
On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 17:51 +0100, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 17:36:29 +0100,
> Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 17:12 +0100, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > > On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:57:48 +0100,
> > > Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > > On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 16:48 +0100, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:23:02 +0100,
> > > > > Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > > > On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 12:45 +0100, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > > > > > > On Tue, 27 Nov 2007 15:02:52 -0800, Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > > > > The uevent function will be called when the uevent is about to be sent to
> > > > > > > > userspace to allow more environment variables to be added to the uevent.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > It may be helpful to mention which uevents are by default created by
> > > > > > > the kobject core (KOBJ_ADD, KOBJ_DEL, KOBJ_MOVE).
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I think, we should remove all these default events from the kobject
> > > > > > core. We will not be able to manage the timing issues and "raw" kobject
> > > > > > users should request the events on their own, when they are finished
> > > > > > adding stuff to the kobject. I see currently no way to solve the
> > > > > > "attributes created after the event" problem. The new
> > > > > > *_create_and_register functions do not allow default attributes to be
> > > > > > created, which will just lead to serious trouble when someone wants to
> > > > > > use udev to set defaults and such things. We may just want to require an
> > > > > > explicit call to send the event?
> > > > >
> > > > > There will always be attributes that will show up later (for example,
> > > > > after a device is activated). Probably the best approach is to keep the
> > > > > default uevents, but have the attribute-adder send another uevent when
> > > > > they are done?
> > > >
> > > > Uh, that's more an exception where we can't give guarantees because of
> > > > very specific hardware setups, and it would be an additional "change"
> > > > event. There are valid cases for this, but only a _very_ few.
> > > >
> > > > There is absolutely no reason not to do it right with the "add" event,
> > > > just because we are too lazy to solve it proper the current code. It's
> > > > just so broken by design, what we are doing today. :)
> > >
> > > I'm worrying a bit about changes that impact the whole code tree in
> > > lots of places. I'd be fine with the device layer doing its uevent
> > > manually in device_add() at the very end, though. (This would allow
> > > drivers to add attributes in their probe function before the uevent,
> > > for example.)
> <Looks at device_add() again: It already throws the uevent manually...>
I think I still remember what I did 2.5 years ago :)
> > The driver core does use the split already in most places, I did that
> > long ago. There are not too many (~20) users of kobject_register(), and
> > it's a pretty straight-forward change to change that to _init, _add,
> > _uevent, and get rid of that totally useless "convenience api".
> > I think there is no longer any excuse to keep that broken code around,
> > and even require to document that it's broken. The whole purpose of the
> > uevent is userspace consumption, which just doesn't work correctly with
> > the code we offer. The fix is trivial, and should be done now, and we no
> > longer need to fiddle around timing issues, just because we are too
> > lazy.
> > I propose the removal of _all_ funtions that have *register* in their
> > name, and always require the following sequence:
> > _init()
> > _add()
> > _uevent(_ADD)
> > _uevent(_REMOVE)
> > _del()
> > _put()
> > The _create_and_register() functions would become _create_ and_add()
> > and will need an additional _uevent() call after they populated the
> > object.
> I'm absolutely fine with doing that at the kobject level (after all,
> it's a quite contained change, and the uevent function explicitely
> works on a kobject).
> For the other _register()/_unregister() functions, it's a different
> piece of cake. They are:
> - distributed through lot of different code
> - at a higher level than kobjects, and kobject_uevent() acts on the
> - usually encapsulating a sequence that wants to be used by almost all
> callers, and that includes a uevent
> I don't think we want people registering a higher level object and then
> wondering why udev doesn't seem to take notice of it.
Oh, I'm just talking about lib/kobject.c. And the new kobj/kset stuff we
added which is currently in the -mm tree.
It suffers from the same old problem, and even gets documentend as
"broken" now. I really think that should be fixed proper instead, and
it's the right time to do it now.
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