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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] staging: android: ion: Allocate from heap ID directly without mask
On 2/15/19 11:01 AM, John Stultz wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 2:51 AM Brian Starkey <> wrote:
>> Hi John,
>> On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 09:38:29AM -0800, John Stultz wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> Some thoughts, as this ABI break has the potential to be pretty painful.
>>> 1) Unfortunately, this ABI is exposed *through* libion via
>>> ion_alloc/ion_alloc_fd out to gralloc implementations. Which means it
>>> will have a wider impact to vendor userland code.
>> I figured libion could fairly easily loop through all the set bits in
>> heap_mask and call the ioctl for each until it succeeds. That
>> preserves the old behaviour from the libion clients' perspective.
> Potentially, though that implicitly still caps the heaps to 32. So
> I'm not sure what the net benefit would be.
>>> 2) For patches that cause ABI breaks, it might be good to make it
>>> clear in the commit what the userland impact looks like in userspace,
>>> possibly with an example, so the poor folks who bisect down the change
>>> as breaking their system in a year or so have a clear example as to
>>> what they need to change in their code.
>>> 3) Also, its not clear how a given userland should distinguish between
>>> the different ABIs. We already have logic in libion to distinguish
>>> between pre-4.12 legacy and post-4.12 implementations (using implicit
>>> ion_free() behavior). I don't see any such check we can make with this
>>> code. Adding another ABI version may require we provide an actual
>>> interface version ioctl.
>> A slightly fragile/ugly approach might be to attempt a small
>> allocation with a heap_mask of 0xffffffff. On an "old" implementation,
>> you'd expect that to succeed, whereas it would/could be made to fail
>> in the "new" one.
> Yea I think having a proper ION_IOC_VERSION is going to be necessary.
> I'm hoping to send out an ugly first stab at the kernel side for
> switching to per-heap devices (with a config for keeping /dev/ion for
> legacy compat), which I hope will address the core issue this patch
> does (moving away from heap masks to specifically requested heaps).
> thanks
> -john

Arnd/Greg said no to this last time I tried back in 2016

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