Re: 2.6.36/2.6.37: broken compatibility with userspace input-utils ?

From: Dmitry Torokhov
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 15:55:09 EST

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 06:09:45AM +1000, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:48 AM, Dmitry Torokhov
> <dmitry.torokhov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > We should be able to handle the case where scancode is valid even though
> > it might be unmapped yet. This is regardless of what version of
> > EVIOCGKEYCODE we use, 1 or 2, and whether it is sparse keymap or not.
> >
> > Is it possible to validate the scancode by driver?
> More appropriately, why not just revert the thing? The version change

Well, then we'll break Ubuntu again as they recompiled their input-utils
package (without fixing the check). And the rest of distros do not seem
to be using that package...

> and the buggy EINVAL return both.

I believe that -EINVAL thing only affects RC devices that Mauro switched
to the new rc-core; input core in itself should be ABI compatible. Thus
I'll leave the decision to him whether he wants to revert or fix
compatibility issue.

> As Mark said, breaking user space simply isn't acceptable. And since
> breaking user space isn't acceptable, then incrementing the version is
> stupid too.

It might not have been the best idea to increment, however I maintain
that if there exists version is can be changed. Otherwise there is no
point in having version at all.

As I said, reverting the version bump will cause yet another wave of
breakages so I propose leaving version as is.

> The way we add new ioctl's is not by incrementing some "ABI version"
> crap. It's by adding new ioctl's or system calls or whatever that
> simply used to return -ENOSYS or other error before, while preserving
> the old ABI. That way old binaries don't break (for _ANY_ reason), and
> new binaries can see "oh, this doesn't support the new thing".

That has been done as well; we have 2 new ioctls and kept 2 old ioctls.

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