Re: [PATCH 4/4] GenWQE: Increase driver version number
From: Frank Haverkamp
Date: Fri Jun 06 2014 - 08:40:47 EST
Am Freitag, den 06.06.2014, 14:07 +0200 schrieb Frank Haverkamp:
> Hi Greg,
> Am Donnerstag, den 05.06.2014, 09:00 -0700 schrieb Greg KH:
> > On Thu, Jun 05, 2014 at 11:23:04AM +0200, Frank Haverkamp wrote:
> > > Hi Greg,
> > >
> > > Am Mittwoch, den 04.06.2014, 08:54 -0700 schrieb Greg KH:
> > > > On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 at 10:57:53AM -0300, Kleber Sacilotto de Souza wrote:
> > > > > Increase genwqe driver version number.
> > > > >
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Kleber Sacilotto de Souza <klebers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > > > ---
> > > > > drivers/misc/genwqe/genwqe_driver.h | 2 +-
> > > > > 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> > > > >
> > > > > diff --git a/drivers/misc/genwqe/genwqe_driver.h b/drivers/misc/genwqe/genwqe_driver.h
> > > > > index cd52631..a506e9a 100644
> > > > > --- a/drivers/misc/genwqe/genwqe_driver.h
> > > > > +++ b/drivers/misc/genwqe/genwqe_driver.h
> > > > > @@ -36,7 +36,7 @@
> > > > > #include <asm/byteorder.h>
> > > > > #include <linux/genwqe/genwqe_card.h>
> > > > >
> > > > > -#define DRV_VERS_STRING "2.0.15"
> > > > > +#define DRV_VERS_STRING "2.0.21"
> > > >
> > > > Why is this even needed? Can't you go off of the kernel version number
> > > > now? Who needs / wants this number?
> > >
> > > I am aware that if just considering the mainline kernels, we could use
> > > the kernel version itself for the purpose of identifying which code we
> > > are running.
> > Which is what you are patching here :)
> > > But in our lab we are running multiple back-ported versions of this
> > > driver on different Linux distributions using different kernel versions.
> > Then deal with that in the backported code, the upstream kernel doesn't
> > care about this.
> > > Our user-space software needs to know if the driver has or has not
> > > bug-fixes or features. For this purpose, we are using this extra number.
> > Why would you rely on a version number for this, shouldn't you be able
> > to tell with your api what features are present?
> For version "2.0.15" there is no automatic recovery for certain
> problems, for "2.0.21" there is.
> I personally use the driver versions sysfs entry if a user complains
> that something e.g. the recovery is not working right. First thing I am
> asking for is the version of the code/driver as part of the debug data.
> If that is not matching my expectations, I will tell the user to update
> the code.
> In the current example new applications could more gracefully handle
> failing recovery scenarios by knowing that the old version of the code
> cannot properly handle certain problems. And it could this without
> knowing if it is using a driver which is in the mainline tree or if it
> is a back-ported version.
> Therefore I find it much more convenient for us to handle such things
> and I would kindly ask you to accept patch 4/4.
I talked a bit with a colleague about version numbers for kernel
drivers. He pointed me on to the fact that when other people contribute
to our code, they will mostly not alter my version number, which is
certainly ok. That in turn makes it impossible for me to figure out the
exact code version from my own (internal) version number.
So at the end it is the kernel version number or maybe the git checksum
used to build the code what enables me to identify the exact version of
the code. If this be the case, than I wonder, if we should not remove
the "version" sysfs entry entirely. I mean, if you reject the update to
it anyways ;-).
> > thanks,
> > greg k-h
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