Re: [PATCH] add legacy I/O port & memory APIs to /proc/bus/pci

From: Jesse Barnes
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 12:47:01 EST

On Thursday, December 16, 2004 9:37 am, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> On Thursday 16 December 2004 9:50 am, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> > This patch documents the /proc/bus/pci interface and adds some optional
> > architecture specific APIs for accessing legacy I/O port and memory
> > space. This is necessary on platforms where legacy I/O port space doesn't
> > 'soft fail' like it does on PCs, and is useful for systems that can route
> > legacy space to different PCI busses.
> But we didn't resolve anything with respect to multiple PCI domains,
> did we? As far as I can see, /proc/bus/pci currently doesn't support
> multiple domains at all. I don't like the idea of adding new stuff
> that we already know is insufficient for machines in the very near
> future. True, it's just extending an existing interface, but it
> seems like if we're going to the trouble of changing X, we might as
> well address multiple domains at the same time.

The problem with adding domain support is that it'll break existing users,
unless it's added on the side somehow. One thought I had was to document
that /proc/bus/pci/ contains only busses from domain 0. Machines with more
than 1 domain could create /proc/bus/pci/domain/DDDD directories with busses
in the DDDD domain underneath. That wouldn't break existing applications,
and would let you get at domains other than 0 if you needed to.

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