Re: [PATCH v2 1/1] mmc: block: Add write packing control

From: S, Venkatraman
Date: Tue Jul 17 2012 - 00:16:17 EST

On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM, Chris Ball <cjb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sun, Jul 15 2012, Muthu Kumar wrote:
>>> I've already replied to a later version of the patch, but just to get
>>> this comment in at the appropriate point of the discussion as well:
>>> Even though it would result in a cleaner sysfs, I don't want to do
>>> this now because it will break userspace scripts that are depending
>>> on the current locations of these attributes.
>> Maya is adding a new sysfs attribute with that patch. So, there should
>> not be any user space stuff that depends on it.
> In the later patchset, Maya's "[PATCH v4 1/2] mmc: card: Move MMC
> specific attributes to mmc sub-directory" moves the existing attributes
> into the mmc/ directory.
> It's that move that I'm objecting to, rather than the creation of a new
> directory -- although since we're going to leave the current attributes
> where they are, it might not make sense to add the new directory.
> We'd be creating two places that people have to look for mmc-related
> attributes, which is arguably less clean than having one place to look
> even though it's mixed in with the other block device attributes.

It's better to normalise this eventually. It would be better if we create a
duplicate sysfs entry within MMC, which is identical to the current
block layer attribute. Then schedule the block layer attribute to be
removed by, say, 3.9. [Add it to Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt]

Since it is a MMC specific attribute, generic tools wouldn't depend on it.
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