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Subject[PATCH v2] kobject: add kernel/uevent_features sysfs file
We can use extended format when writing /sys/.../uevent files to
generate synthetic uevents, introduced with commit f36776fafbaa
("kobject: support passing in variables for synthetic uevents").

Before using this extended format, we need to know if it's supported
and kernel version check may not be appropriate in all cases - there
are possible differences from upstream kernel in distributions with

This patch adds /sys/kernel/uevent_features file which currently lists
'synthargs' string to denote that the kernel is able to recognize the
extended synthetic uevent arguments. Userspace can easily check for
the feature then.

Updates for v2:
Add Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features.

Signed-off-by: Peter Rajnoha <>
.../ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features | 12 ++++++++++++
kernel/ksysfs.c | 8 ++++++++
2 files changed, 20 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features

diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..10b1d07c5ef9
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-uevent_features
@@ -0,0 +1,12 @@
+What: /sys/kernel/uevent_features
+Date: December 2018
+KernelVersion: 4.21
+Contact: Linux kernel mailing list <>
+ Reading from this file returns space-separated list of
+ supported uevent features in current kernel.
+ Possible values:
+ synthargs: passing additional variables for synthetic
+ uevents is supported (see also related
+ sysfs-uevent ABI documentation)
diff --git a/kernel/ksysfs.c b/kernel/ksysfs.c
index 46ba853656f6..d893d7442f61 100644
--- a/kernel/ksysfs.c
+++ b/kernel/ksysfs.c
@@ -37,6 +37,13 @@ static ssize_t uevent_seqnum_show(struct kobject *kobj,

+static ssize_t uevent_features_show(struct kobject *kobj,
+ struct kobj_attribute *attr, char *buf)
+ return sprintf(buf, "synthargs\n");
/* uevent helper program, used during early boot */
static ssize_t uevent_helper_show(struct kobject *kobj,
@@ -213,6 +220,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kernel_kobj);
static struct attribute * kernel_attrs[] = {
+ &uevent_features_attr.attr,
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