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Re: [PATCH 7/7] [v2] drivers/misc: introduce Freescale hypervisor management driver

On Tuesday 07 June 2011 01:04:40 Chris Metcalf wrote:
> For context, the most recent patch for the tile driver in question is here:
> https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/843892/
> On 6/6/2011 5:23 PM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 05:01:36PM -0400, Chris Metcalf wrote:
> >> a hypervisor for any reason, then the Tilera paravirtualized drivers fit in
> >> well.  If it's intended more for drivers that guests running under a
> >> hypervisor can use to talk to the hypervisor itself (e.g. managing
> > I believe that the code that deals with specific subsystem (so block API
> > for example) would reside in subsystem directory (so drivers/block would have
> > your virtualization block driver). This allows the maintainer of block
> > to make sure your driver is OK.
> Sure, makes sense.  The new push (as I understand it) is to group primarily
> by function, not by bus or architecture.


> >> notifications that a hypervisor delivers to a guest to cause it to shut
> >> down or take other actions), then it doesn't seem like the Tilera
> > That looks to be arch/<x>/tilera/virt/ candidate?
> Arnd, among others, has suggested that all drivers live in "drivers"
> somewhere, so "arch/tile" may not be the best place.  (To be fair, I
> originally had this driver in arch/tile/drivers/, so your idea is certainly
> reasonable!)
> >> paravirtualized device drivers belong there, since they're just using the
> >> Tilera hypervisor synchronously to do I/O or get/set device and driver state.
> > Well, I/O sounds like block API or network API. But then you are also
> > doing management ioctl - which implies "drivers". "drivers/tilera" does not
> > work?
> There is certainly precedent for drivers that don't fit cleanly into an
> existing category to go in drivers/<arch>, e.g. drivers/s390,
> drivers/parisc, etc.  There is also drivers/platform/x86, though that seems
> to be for the bus "platform drivers" rather than just a random character
> driver like the one in question.
> I don't have a particular opinion here; I'm just hoping to develop enough
> consensus that I can ask Linus to pull the driver without generating
> controversy :-)

The drivers/s390 and drivers/parisc directories are from a distant past,
we should not add new ones like them. drivers/platform is controversial,
but I think it's ok for stuff that manages platform specific quirks.
The main problem with that is that it doesn't work for embedded systems,
by extension every ARM specific driver could go into drivers/platform/...
and we don't want that.

You can probably argue that the tile drivers do fit in here as long as
they are specific to the hypervisor and not to some SOC specific hardware.

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