Re: [PATCH 0/2] make automatic device_id generation possible

From: Minchan Kim
Date: Wed Mar 04 2015 - 20:18:15 EST

On Thu, Mar 05, 2015 at 09:58:29AM +0900, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> Hello,
> On (03/05/15 09:20), Minchan Kim wrote:
> > I'm not against but I want to know why we should support
> > user-defined device id. What usecase do you have in mind?
> >
> hm, you never know what people can come up with. that's probably the
> strongest support argument I can provide. I wish there was something
> like - my friend Mike has a "device /dev/zram1 is always swap device,
> device /dev/zram$(id -u) is a per-user zram device (he finds it useful,
> because just looking at device id he can easily tell who owns that
> device)" policy. but nothing like that. I just think that it can be
> useful. no real use cases (well, partly because we don't support device
> add/remove).
> /* yet "/dev/zram$(id -u)" thing looks interesting */

Fair enough.

> user defined id support comes at a price of ~10 lines of code, or even
> less. we waste much more code to show ->stats, and not all of them are
> of any real use, to be fair. that just said, that dropping user defined
> id is not a great deal. ok, let's see if we can come up with anything by
> the end of this day and I'll send out a removal patch if nothing pop up.

As I told you, I'm never against. I just want to know usecase.
If we don't support it from the beginnig, someday, someone will complain
and we can catch up the usecase and support it easily with adding 10 line code.

This dyanmic add/revmove feature proves the idea. :)
Main reason I finally decided dynamic device management feature was
someone complained he should do rmmod/insmod zram.ko to increase
the number of zram device in runtime but one of zram device was
used for swap, which was hard to swapoff due to small memory
so there was no way to increase the number of zram device.
It appeals a lot to support dynamic zram creating and finally I catch up
the usecase. ;-)

> -ss
> > Could we support automatic id support only at this moment?
> > Then, if some user complains about that in future, we could turn
> > on user-defined device id easily and we could know the usecase.

Kind regards,
Minchan Kim
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