RE: [PATCH v4 2/2] efi: an sysfs interface for user to update efi firmware

From: Kweh, Hock Leong
Date: Thu Apr 30 2015 - 05:19:54 EST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Lutomirski [mailto:luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 2:41 AM
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 4:23 AM, Kweh, Hock Leong
> <hock.leong.kweh@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Dear communities,
> >
> > I agree with James. Due to different people may have different needs.
> > But from our side, we would just like to have a simple interface for
> > us to upload the efi capsule and perform update. We do not have any
> > use case or need to get info from QueryCapsuleUpdate(). Let me give a
> suggestion here:
> > please allow me to focus on deliver this simple loading interface and
> > upstream it. Then later whoever has the actual use case or needs on
> > the ioctl implementation, he or she could enhance base on this simple
> loading interface.
> > What do you guys think?
> >
> > Let me summarize the latest design idea:
> > - No longer leverage on firmware class but use misc device
> > - Do not use platform device but use device_create()
> > - User just need to perform "cat file.bin > /sys/.../capsule_loader"
> > in the shell
> If you do this, there's no need for the misc device.

I do this so that in the future when someone want to implement the
Ioctl(), he or she can base on this and expand it.

> > - File operation functions include: open(), read(), write() and
> > flush()
> > - Perform mutex lock in open() then release the mutex in flush() for
> avoiding
> > race condition / concurrent loading
> Make sure the mutex operation is killable, then, and maybe even
> interruptable.


> > - Perform the capsule update and error return at flush() function
> >
> > Is there anything I missed? Any one still have concern with this idea?
> > Thanks for providing the ideas as well as the review.
> >
> If it works (and cat really does fail reliably), then it seems okay to me.
> However, since I like pulling increasing numbers of my hats, someone should
> verify that the common embedded cat implementations are also okay with
> this. For example, I haven't yet found any code in busybox's cat
> implementation that closes stdout.
> Given that the main targets of this (for now, at least) are embedded, this
> might be a problem.

I think we shouldn't focus on the cat implementation for the close issue.

My understanding about this action:
cat file.bin > /sys/..../capsule_loader
It is actually the ">" (IO redirection) who perform the open write & close
to this "/sys/..../capsule_loader" file note and not the "cat" do it.
So, I think your answer can be found at Shell source code.

More info about the IO redirection can be found at:

Busybox Shell Souce code can be found at: