Re: [PATCH] Topcliff PHUB: Generate PacketHub driver

From: Masayuki Ohtake
Date: Tue Jun 15 2010 - 08:14:11 EST

Hi Arnd,

Thank you for your comments.
I will study your showed reference.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnd Bergmann" <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
To: "Masayuki Ohtake" <masa-korg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Wang, Yong Y" <>; "Wang, Qi" <>; "Intel OTC" <joel.clark@xxxxxxxxx>; "Andrew"
<andrew.chih.howe.khor@xxxxxxxxx>; "LKML" <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Alan Cox" <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Topcliff PHUB: Generate PacketHub driver

> On Tuesday 15 June 2010, Masayuki Ohtake wrote:
> > I have additional question.
> > > - When the user does an llseek or pread, the *pos argument is not zero,
> > > so you should return data from the middle, but you still return data
> > > from the beginning.
> >
> >
> > Must a driver read/write method support '*pos' parameter ?
> > We think PHUB doesn't have to support '*pos',
> > and ,we think, PHUB OROM R/W function supports only whole of ROM data R/W is enough.
> > Please give us your opinion.
> While you do not strictly need to support *pos to get the functionality
> you want, it should be easy enough to implement and it will make the
> read/write callbacks conform to the general semantics of file based
> I/O. Especially if you want to be able to use tools like 'cat', 'hexdump'
> or 'dd' on the file descriptor, you need to implement support for
> short reads. If you are unsure about how to do that correctly, I can
> help you some more. A good reference implementation is
> simple_transaction_read in fs/libfs.c, which simply returns some
> private memory.
> If there is a strict hardware limitation that prevents you from doing
> partial writes, you could expose that in the interface and return -EIO
> in case of invalid *pos or size arguements, but my impression was that
> the hardware can deal with bytewise access.
> Arnd

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