Re: [Linux-fbdev-devel] Re: [PATCH] fbdev: colormap fixes

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 11:02:48 EST

On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Antonino A. Daplas wrote:
> Jon Smirl wrote:
> > On 7/28/05, Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, Linux Kernel Mailing List wrote:
> >
> > There are a couple of ways to fix this.
> > 1) Add a check to limit use of the sysfs attributes to 256 entries. If
> > you want more you have to use /dev/fb0 and the ioctl. More is an
> > uncommon case.
> > 2) Switch this to a binary parameter. Now you have to use tools like
> > hexdump instead of cat to work with the data. It was nice to be able
> > to use cat to see the current map.
> >
> > Does anyone have preferences for which way to fix it?
> Or...
> 3) Add another file in sysfs which specifies at what index and how many
> entries will be read or written from or to the cmap. With this additional
> sysfs file, it should be able to handle any reasonable cmap length, but
> it will take more than one reading of the color_map file. Another
> advantage is that the entire color map need not be read or written if
> only one field needs to be changed.
> I've attached a test patch. Let me know what you think.

I like it! ... But, a disadvantages is that it needs to store state between two
non-atomic operations. E.g. imagine two processes doing this at the same time.



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