Re: [PATCH v2 1/1] eventfd: implementation of EFD_MASK flag

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Feb 15 2013 - 00:25:41 EST

On Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:42:27 +0100 Martin Sustrik <sustrik@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > This is a non-back-compatible userspace interface change. A procfs
> > file which previously displayed
> >
> > eventfd-count: nnnn
> >
> > can now also display
> >
> > eventfd-mask: nnnn
> >
> > So existing userspace could misbehave.
> >
> > Please fully describe the proposed interface change in the changelog.
> > That description should include the full pathname of the procfs file
> > and example before-and-after output and a discussion of whether and why
> > the risk to existing userspace is acceptable.
> I am not sure what the policy is here. Is not printing out the state of
> the object acceptable way to maintain backward compatibility? If not so,
> does new type of object require new procfs file, which, AFAIU, is the
> only way to retain full backward compatibility?

Adding a new file is the only way I can think of to preserve the API.
But from Andy's comment is sounds like we don't have to worry a lot
about back-compatibility.

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