Thermal kernel events API to userspace - Was: Re: thermal: Avoid CONFIG_NET compile dependency

From: Thomas Renninger
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 08:07:36 EST


I wonder whether netlink is the way to go for thermal
events at all.
Sending an udev event would already contain the sysfs
path to the thermal device. A variable which thermal event
got thrown could get added and userspace can read out the rest
easily from sysfs files. But I expect udev is not intended
for such general events?

There is a lot talking about perf events...
perf events are/were for debugging as they get exported
through /sys/kernel/debug.
Recently people came up with the idea to add a perf event API
for MCE (Machine Check Exceptions) events which clearly is nothing
for debugging, but productive applications want to catch
and process them.
So either MCEs should better get a kind of netlink/ioctl or
whatever (not depending on debugging) interface to userspace
or thermal events might also fit as perf events.

This should get discussed by a broader audience, adding some
people to CC.


On Monday, January 24, 2011 11:35:23 AM Thomas Renninger wrote:
> Hi,
> On Monday, January 24, 2011 05:39:26 AM R, Durgadoss wrote:
> > Hi Rui,
> >
> ...
> > This refers to the patch that you acknowledged.
> > So, you are not missing any patch in the middle.
> >
> > Also, the thermal_aux0 and _aux1, we can use the final format specified by you.
> > enum events {
> > /* user defined thermal events */
> > };
> Something else...
> I've now seen your HW specific core/pkg temp threshold support.
> I didn't look at it that closely, but if you introduce generic
> thermal netlink events in the thermal driver those should match
> all kind of possible thermal events, not only the once introduced
> by the driver you added.
> For example it would be great to get the ACPI specific thermal
> events which are currently exported as ACPI driven ones:
> drivers/acpi/thermal.c:acpi_thermal_notify()
> integrated there as well. So there should also be events like:
> > /* user defined thermal events */
> At some point of time we should be able
> to get rid of the ACPI specific thermal events at all?
> There seem to be nothing like a kind of
> "available netlink events and their format" API in Documentation.
> Each driver seem to do this and document it itself.
> But as it is an interface to userspace, these thermal netlink events
> should get documented in:
> Documentation/thermal
> Currently you only export one of the above 4 thermal events as a
> number via netlink, right?
> Are there any userspace programs you have in mind which should make
> use of it?
> Some data which should get exported as well:
> - The temperature if available
> - The number of the thermal zone, e.g. if 0, userspace can look
> up sysfs for further info in:
> /sys/devices/virtual/thermal/thermal_zone0/*
> - The trip point affected if any, e.g. if 0, userspace can look it up
> in sysfs for further info:
> /sys/devices/virtual/thermal/thermal_zone0/trip_point_0_{temp,type}
> - more?
> Ehh, this core and package thermal driver you added threshold support,
> does this somehow register as a thermal driver?
> I can see that it registers for hwmon: hwmon_device_register(&pdev->dev);
> But is it somehow connected to thermal_sys.c other than that it just
> throws your newly introduced thermal_netlink_events?
> This driver should first register as a thermal driver, export
> trip points to:
> /sys/devices/virtual/thermal/thermal_zone0/trip_point_0_{temp,type}
> e.g.
> cat trip_point_0_type
> critical
> cat trip_point_1_type
> user_aux0
> The thermal_netlink_events could then only be declared for
> thermal_sys.c scope, so that other drivers cannot misuse them
> and the netlink event can then get triggered by the driver through
> thermal driver callbacks.
> Rui: What do you think?
> This implementation looks much too static, could you help to better
> adjust it to the generic thermal driver needs, you know this stuff best.
> This is merged already. I wonder whether we still could get a thermal
> event netlink API for 2.6.38 which is more robust so that userspace does
> not need to differ its version with the next kernel.
> Maybe it's best to remove the thermal netlink parts again for now.
> Thomas
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