Re: [GIT PULL] kdbus for 4.1-rc1

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Wed Apr 15 2015 - 09:22:52 EST

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:25:55PM +0100, One Thousand Gnomes wrote:
> dbus is not an appropriate design for a kernel messaging layer for a
> variety of reasons. That's not to say dbus shouldn't be able to use a
> fast kernel messaging layer, or that one shouldn't exist.
> dbus is basically a very large very specialized and somewhat flawed
> policy engine on top of what should be simple messaging. The two need
> splitting apart.
> Abstract low level messaging layers are not a new concept. V7 unix had
> one experimentally. It's about getting the separation right.
> IMHO that probably involves getting the right people in the right place
> together - dbus designers, MPI and realtime people, kernel folks and
> possibly also some of the hardware messaging folk.
> In filesystem terms
> - stop writing a dbus only file system
> - figure out what a messaging "vfs" looks like
> - figure out what an clean low level kernel model looks like
> - figure out what has to be where to put the policy in userspace
> What might also be worth review is how much dbus traffic actually ought to
> be an object store implemented say with tmpfs and inotify type
> functionality (or extensions of that) so that you can
> set/read/enumerate/get change notifications on properties.

FWIW, this sounds really sane and makes a lot of sense to me. I'd be
willing to give it some review cycles, as far as I can, when done this


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