Re: RFC: out-of-tree tty driver breakage (changing ASYNC_ bits)

From: Greg KH
Date: Sun Jan 10 2016 - 23:42:12 EST

On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 01:42:44PM -0800, Peter Hurley wrote:
> The tty/serial core uses 5 bits in the tty_port.flags field to
> manage state. They are:
> - and -
> Unfortunately, updates to this field (tty_port.flags) are often
> non-atomic. Additionally, the field is visible to/modifiable by
> userspace (the first 3 bits above are not modifiable by userspace
> though). Lastly, the multi-bit ASYNC_SPD_ bitfield is in this
> tty_port.flags field as well.
> What needs to happen is the tty/serial core needs to update its
> state transitions atomically. I want to re-define the above 5 flags
> into a separate field in the tty_port structure and designate new
> symbols for these bits. The base patch that does this is inlined
> below.
> This will break out-of-tree drivers but I don't really see a
> realistic alternative. Also, I think the new symbol prefix ASY_ isn't
> great and I'd like to get some suggestions.

Don't worry about breaking out-of-tree drivers, that's fine.

And try "hiding" the symbol prefix behind inline functions
(tty_port_initialized(port) and the like) that way the prefix of the
symbol, or even how you do this with locking or bits or atomics will all
not matter at all.


greg k-h