Re: compat_ioctl question

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Thu Apr 26 2007 - 18:09:30 EST

On Friday 27 April 2007, Paul Fulghum wrote:
> Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > It depends a lot on what your specific driver does in the ioctl
> > handler, but normally you should define a compat_ioctl() function.
> > What driver are you talking about?
> drivers/char/synclink.c
> drivers/char/synclinkmp.c
> drivers/char/synclink_gt.c
> drivers/char/pcmcia/synclink_cs.c
> All use the same set of ioctl() codes that
> are peculiar to the synclink drivers.

So you are interested in the MGSL_* set of ioctls, right?
AFAICS, they are all compatible, with the exception of

Fortunately, these two have different ioctl numbers on
64 bit, so you can define a new


and handle both versions in the ioctl function.

> Defining compat_ioctl() seems to be the best way, but
> that will require modifying the base tty code to allow
> the individual tty drivers to register compat_ioctl().

Yes, that would be the right solution. I've started this
some time ago, but never finished it:

> Currently the tty file ops do not include that and
> tty_io.c does not register a compat_ioctl(), instead
> relying on compat_ioctl.h and compat_ioctl.c

Just adding the hook in tty_io.c should be trivial, please do that.
If you like, you can also move the vt ioctls in order to reduce
the size of fs/compat_ioctl.c.

Arnd <><
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