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SubjectRe: [RESEND PATCH v6 6/7] gpiolib: add new ioctl() for monitoring changes in line info
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 10:19 AM Bartosz Golaszewski <> wrote:

> From: Bartosz Golaszewski <>
> Currently there is no way for user-space to be informed about changes
> in status of GPIO lines e.g. when someone else requests the line or its
> config changes. We can only periodically re-read the line-info. This
> is fine for simple one-off user-space tools, but any daemon that provides
> a centralized access to GPIO chips would benefit hugely from an event
> driven line info synchronization.
> This patch adds a new ioctl() that allows user-space processes to reuse
> the file descriptor associated with the character device for watching
> any changes in line properties. Every such event contains the updated
> line information.
> Currently the events are generated on three types of status changes: when
> a line is requested, when it's released and when its config is changed.
> The first two are self-explanatory. For the third one: this will only
> happen when another user-space process calls the new SET_CONFIG ioctl()
> as any changes that can happen from within the kernel (i.e.
> set_transitory() or set_debounce()) are of no interest to user-space.
> Signed-off-by: Bartosz Golaszewski <>

Looks good to me. This got really slim and clean after
the reviews, and I am of course also impressed by the kfifo
improvement this brings.

Reviewed-by: Linus Walleij <>

A question:

Bartosz, since you know about possible impacts on userspace,
since this code use the preferred ktime_get_ns() rather than
ktime_get_ns_real(), what happens if we just patch the other
event timestamp to use ktime_get_ns() instead, so we use the
same everywhere?

If it's fine I'd like to just toss in a patch for that as well.

Linus Walleij

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