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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 5/6] mdev: Update sysfs documentation
On Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:10:17 +0000
Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com> wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com>
> > Sent: Friday, August 30, 2019 6:19 PM
> > To: Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com>
> > Cc: alex.williamson@redhat.com; Jiri Pirko <jiri@mellanox.com>;
> > kwankhede@nvidia.com; davem@davemloft.net; kvm@vger.kernel.org; linux-
> > kernel@vger.kernel.org; netdev@vger.kernel.org
> > Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 5/6] mdev: Update sysfs documentation
> >
> > On Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:19:03 -0500
> > Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Updated documentation for optional read only sysfs attribute.
> >
> > I'd probably merge this into the patch introducing the attribute.
> >
> Ok. I will spin v3.
>
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com>
> > > ---
> > > Documentation/driver-api/vfio-mediated-device.rst | 5 +++++
> > > 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/Documentation/driver-api/vfio-mediated-device.rst
> > > b/Documentation/driver-api/vfio-mediated-device.rst
> > > index 25eb7d5b834b..0ab03d3f5629 100644
> > > --- a/Documentation/driver-api/vfio-mediated-device.rst
> > > +++ b/Documentation/driver-api/vfio-mediated-device.rst
> > > @@ -270,6 +270,7 @@ Directories and Files Under the sysfs for Each mdev
> > Device
> > > |--- remove
> > > |--- mdev_type {link to its type}
> > > |--- vendor-specific-attributes [optional]
> > > + |--- alias [optional]
> >
> > "optional" implies "not always present" to me, not "might return a read error if
> > not available". Don't know if there's a better way to tag this? Or make it really
> > optional? :)
>
> May be write it as,
>
> alias [ optional when requested by parent ]

I'm not sure what 'optional when requested' is supposed to mean...
maybe something like 'content optional' or so?

>
> >
> > >
> > > * remove (write only)
> > >
> > > @@ -281,6 +282,10 @@ Example::
> > >
> > > # echo 1 > /sys/bus/mdev/devices/$mdev_UUID/remove
> > >
> > > +* alias (read only)
> > > +Whenever a parent requested to generate an alias, each mdev is
> > > +assigned a unique alias by the mdev core. This file shows the alias of the
> > mdev device.
> >
> > It's not really the parent, but the vendor driver requesting this, right? Also,
> At mdev level, it only knows parent->ops structure, whether parent is registered by vendor driver or something else.

Who else is supposed to create the mdev device?

>
> > "each mdev" is a bit ambiguous,
> It is in context of the parent. Sentence is not starting with "each mdev".
> But may be more verbosely written as,
>
> Whenever a parent requested to generate an alias, Each mdev device of such parent is assigned
> unique alias by the mdev core. This file shows the alias of the mdev device.

I'd really leave the parent out of this: this seems more like an
implementation detail. It's more that alias may either contain an
alias, or return a read error if no alias has been generated. Who
requested the alias to be generated is probably not really of interest
to the userspace reader.

>
> > created via that driver. Lastly, if we stick with the "returns an error if not
> > implemented" approach, that should also be mentioned here.
> Ok. Will spin v3 to describe it.
>
> >
> > > +
> > > Mediated device Hot plug
> > > ------------------------
> > >
>

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