Re: [PATCH 2/2] Staging: comedi: comedi_fops: Fix "out of minor numbers for board device files"

From: Cheah Kok Cheong
Date: Wed Mar 08 2017 - 05:16:28 EST

Dear Dan,
Thanks for reviewing this patch.

On Wed, Mar 08, 2017 at 08:54:47AM +0300, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 05, 2017 at 03:22:33AM +0800, Cheah Kok Cheong wrote:
> > If comedi module is loaded with the following max allowed parameter
> > [comedi_num_legacy_minors=48], subsequent loading of an auto-configured
> > device will fail.
> Don't set comedi_num_legacy_minors=48, then?
> This doesn't seem like the right fix at all. Why only allow one auto
> configured board? Why not 5 or 10?

Let me explain, the original intended behaviour is to allow user to
reserve up to 48 minor numbers for legacy devices.

Therefore [sudo modprobe comedi comedi_num_legacy_minors=3]
will allocate minor number 0, 1, 2 for legacy devices.
Subsequent loading of an auto-configured device will use minor number 3.
And the next one number 4 so on and so forth.

Now for the corner case of [comedi_num_legacy_minors=48] which
is supposed to reserve minor number 0 till 47 for legacy devices,
and is supposed to allocate number 48 and so on for auto-configured
devices, does not allocate number 48 anymore after commit

This is due to the changes in comedi_alloc_board_minor().

As to why I chose to limit [comedi_num_legacy_minors=47], is given
in the commit log.

This will allow user to allocate 0 till 46 for legacy devices and
subsequent auto-configured devices will start from 47 and so forth.

I don't think anybody will miss one less number for legacy devices
otherwise there'll be complains earlier on.



> regards,
> dan carpenter