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

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 11:07:56 EST

On Mon, 24 Jan 2011, Thomas Renninger wrote:
> 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?

udev is heavyweight in the userspace side, we'd be much better off using the
ACPI event interface (which is netlink), or a new one to deliver system
status events, instead of continously abusing udev for this stuff.

> > > Also, the thermal_aux0 and _aux1, we can use the final format specified by you.
> > > enum events {
> > > /* user defined thermal events */
> > > };

Please give us at least two levels of thermal alarm: critical and emergency
(or warning and critical -- it doesn't matter much, as long as there are at
least two levels, and which one comes first is defined by the
specification). I'd have immediate use for them on thinkpads.

It is probably best to have three levels (warning, critical, emergency).
Best not to tie the API/ABI to the notion of "too hot", one can also alarm
when it starts to get to cold.

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Henrique Holschuh
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