[PATCH v3] driver-staging: vsoc.c: Add sysfs support for examining the permissions of regions.

wahahab wahahab11 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 03:32:51 UTC 2018

> On 12 Nov 2018, at 8:40 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg at kroah.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 04:49:30PM +0800, wahahab wrote:
>>> On 10 Nov 2018, at 1:15 AM, Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter at oracle.com <mailto:dan.carpenter at oracle.com>> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 07, 2018 at 10:30:43AM +0800, Jerry Lin wrote:
>>>> Add a attribute called permissions under vsoc device node for examining
>>>> current granted permissions in vsoc_device.
>>>> This file will display permissions in following format:
>>>> begin_offset  end_offset  owner_offset  owned_value
>>>>          %x          %x            %x           %x
>>> (I'm not totally an expert on sysfs rules).
>>> Sysfs are supposed to be one value per file, so instead of doing this
>>> you would create a directory with four files like
>>> vsoc_device/begin_offset vsoc_device/end_offset etc.  And each would
>>> just hae a %x output.
>> Thanks for your advice. I have started with this approach.
>> But when I trying to create this kind of sysfs hierarchy. I encountered the difficulties of file organizing.
>> My current thought is to create a folder under the device node called permissions and user can examine
>> permission though file path like vsoc_device/permissions/permission1/begin_offset. But there comes a
>> problem that it seems hard to determine the correct index of permission to make folder name unique.
>> The solution I come up with is to use memory address of permission node to be the index of permission.
>> So the path will be something like vsoc_device/permissions/0x4d23f/begin_offset.
>> Is this OK for sysfs?
> Ick, that is messy.  What exactly are you trying to export and why use
> sysfs?  Is this just debugging information?  Who is going to use this
> data?

I felt that exporting these information in sysfs will add lots of complexities in this driver.
And I’m not sure these informations are for user space or just for debugging.

It seems there is a conflict of TODO messages between TODO file and the
comment in vsoc.c.

Should I use debugfs first for this patch?


Jerry Lin

> If it is just for debugging, use debugfs, that is what it is there for.
> If you use sysfs, you then have to support your new api for a very long
> time, as you can not break userspace reliance on it.
> thanks,
> greg k-h

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