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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/10] mfd / platform: cros_ec: Miscellaneous character device to talk with the EC
On Wed, 05 Jun 2019, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 09:40:02AM +0100, Lee Jones wrote:
> > On Wed, 05 Jun 2019, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 07:48:39AM +0100, Lee Jones wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 04 Jun 2019, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 11:39:21AM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > > > > > On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:35 AM Greg Kroah-Hartman
> > > > > > <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 01:58:38PM -0300, Ezequiel Garcia wrote:
> > > > > > > > Hey Greg,
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > > + dev_info(&pdev->dev, "Created misc device /dev/%s\n",
> > > > > > > > > > + data->misc.name);
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > No need to be noisy, if all goes well, your code should be quiet.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > I sometimes wonder about this being noise or not, so I will slightly
> > > > > > > > hijack this thread for this discussion.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > >From a kernel developer point-of-view, or even from a platform
> > > > > > > > developer or user with a debugging hat point-of-view, having
> > > > > > > > a "device created" or "device registered" message is often very useful.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > For you, yes. For someone with 30000 devices attached to their system,
> > > > > > > it is not, and causes booting to take longer than it should be.
> > > >
> > > > Who has 30,000 devices attached to their systems?
> > >
> > > More than you might imagine.
> > >
> > > > I would argue that
> > > > in these special corner-cases, they should knock the log-level *down*
> > > > a notch. For the rest of us who run normal platforms, an extra second
> > > > of boot time renders a more forthcoming/useful system than if each of
> > > > our devices initialised silently.
> > > >
> > > > Personally I like to know what devices I have on my system, and the
> > > > kernel log is the first place I look. As far as I'm concerned, for
> > > > the most part, if it's not in the kernel log, I don't have it.
> > >
> > > Then you "do not have" lots of devices, as we have been removing these
> > > messages for a number of years now :)
> > >
> > > > "Oh wow, I didn't know I had XXX functionality on this platform."
> > > >
> > > > In my real job, I am currently enabling some newly released AArch64
> > > > based laptops for booting with ACPI. I must have wasted a day whilst
> > > > enabling some of the devices the system relies upon, just to find
> > > > out that 90% of them were actually probing semi-fine (at least probe()
> > > > was succeeding), just silently. *grumble*
> > >
> > > Yup, that's normal. If you want to see what devices are in the system,
> > > look in /sys/devices/ as that is what it is for, not the kernel log.
> >
> > My guess is that less than 1% of Linux users use /sys/devices in this
> > way. It's a very unfriendly interface. Besides, when enabling a new
> > platform, access to sysfs comes too far down the line to be useful in
> > the majority of cases.
>
> `lshw` is your friend :)

Provided you have a command line (with `lshw` installed) and a
working keyboard. ;)

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Lee Jones [李琼斯]
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