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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/3] nvme: fire discovery log page change events to userspace
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On 8/30/2019 11:08 AM, Sagi Grimberg wrote:
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>>>> Yes we do, userspace should use it to order events.  Does udev not
>>>> handle that properly today?
>>>
>>> The problem is not ordering of events, its really about the fact that
>>> the chardev can be removed and reallocated for a different controller
>>> (could be a completely different discovery controller) by the time
>>> that userspace handles the event.
>>
>> The same is generally true for lot of kernel devices.  We could reduce
>> the chance by using the idr cyclic allocator.
>
> Well, it was raised by Hannes and James, so I'll ask them respond here
> because I don't mind having it this way. I personally think that this
> is a better approach than having a cyclic idr allocator. In general, I
> don't necessarily think that this is a good idea to have cyclic
> controller enumerations if we don't absolutely have to...

We hit it right and left without the cyclic allocator, but that won't
necessarily remove it.

Perhaps we should have had a unique token assigned to the controller,
and have the event pass the name and the token.  The cli would then, if
the token is present, validate it via an ioctl before proceeding with
other ioctls.

Where all the connection arguments were added we due to the reuse issue
and then solving the question of how to verify and/or lookup the desired
controller, by using the shotgun approach rather than being very
pointed, which is what the name/token would do.

-- james

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