Re: [PATCH] drivers: base: new memory config sysfs driver for largememory systems

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Thu Aug 01 2013 - 16:56:14 EST

On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 09:42:51AM -0500, Seth Jennings wrote:

Sorry for the delay, google decided to mark your responses as "spam" :(

> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 04:40:07PM -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 04:11:20PM -0500, Seth Jennings wrote:
> > > +#define MEMFS_CLASS_NAME "memoryfs"
> >
> > One question, a "*fs" name in the kernel usually implies it is a
> > separate filesystem, which this isn't at all, it's just a "normal"
> > class/subsystem in the kernel. So how about "memory" instead?
> "memory" is the name used by the current sysfs memory layout code in
> drivers/base/memory.c. So it can't be the same unless we are going to
> create a toggle a boot time to select between the models, which is
> something I am looking to add if this code/design is acceptable to
> people.

I know it can't be the same, but this is like "memory_v2" or something,
right? I suggest you make it an either/or option, given that you feel
the existing layout just will not work properly for you.

> The design is that people with large memory systems would pass a boot
> parameter that selects this alternate layout, so that the majority
> of non-large-memory users and any userspace programs that depend on the
> old layout would be unaffected.
> In the meantime, the name "memfs" was chosen for the RFC so that people
> could compile and run the new model concurrently with the current model.

It's a really bad name for a driver subsystem, please don't use it.


greg k-h
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