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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 6/7] docs: gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater documentation
Hi Linus,

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:42 PM Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 9:43 AM Geert Uytterhoeven
> <geert+renesas@glider.be> wrote:
> > +The GPIO Aggregator allows access control for individual GPIOs, by aggregating
> > +them into a new gpio_chip, which can be assigned to a group or user using
> > +standard UNIX file ownership and permissions. Furthermore, this simplifies and
> > +hardens exporting GPIOs to a virtual machine, as the VM can just grab the full
> > +GPIO controller, and no longer needs to care about which GPIOs to grab and
> > +which not, reducing the attack surface.
> > +
> > +Aggregated GPIO controllers are instantiated and destroyed by writing to
> > +write-only attribute files in sysfs.
>
> I suppose virtual machines will have a lengthy config file where
> they specify which GPIO lines to pick and use for their GPIO
> aggregator, and that will all be fine, the VM starts and the aggregator
> is there and we can start executing.
>
> I would perhaps point out a weakness as with all sysfs and with the current
> gpio sysfs: if a process creates an aggregator device, and then that
> process crashes, what happens when you try to restart the process and
> run e.g. your VM again?
>
> Time for a hard reboot? Or should we add some design guidelines for
> these machines so that they can cleanly tear down aggregators
> previously created by the crashed VM?

No, the VM does not create the aggregator.

The idea is for the user to create one or more aggregators, set up
permissions on /dev/gpiochipX, and launch the VM, passing the aggregated
/dev/gpiochipX as parameters.
If the VM crashes, just launch it again.

Destroying the aggregators is a manual and independent process, after
the VM has exited.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert


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Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

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