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From: Andy Shevchenko <>
To: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Reinette Chatre <>,
	Shuo Liu <>, Zhi Wang <>,, Fei Li <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1 1/1] virt: acrn: Drop internal kernel type from ABI
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 22:18:16 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 05:10:10PM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 05:58:49PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 04:01:41PM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > On Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 04:56:44PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > > guid_t is internal type of the kernel which is mistakenly had been exposed
> > > > to the user space. Replace it with raw buffers.
> > > 
> > > Wait, why is it a mistake to expose it to userspace?  What does this
> > > conflict with?  Is it a namespace issue?  Or something else?
> > 
> > It is the type which is defined solely for kernel use and what user space
> > should do is to use types defined by respective libraries, such as libuuid.
> But that does not work here.  We want to expose a common uuid type that
> userspace can use in these structures, as well as the kernel.  Do you
> really want to "open code" arrays all over the place?

It's not used "all over a place", the only code is recently added by this

> > If you read the commit message to the end, you will notice that I have
> > mentioned the possible scenario what happened here. They seems misusing
> > guid_t as uuid_t, but the latter is not available for the users from
> > the kernel headers (and this is good). So this is an exact example why
> > guid_t shouldn't be exposed.
> Then we should create a type that we can use here.  The kernel can not
> use libuuid, so what is wrong with using the kernel variable type
> namespace for this?  __guid?  __uuid?

Why? "All over the place" except this code (okay and one more, i.e. MEI,
but this is another story) we use raw arrays in ABI. Why virt out of a
sudden need a special _kernel_ type for that? I think the author simply
missed this subtle detail that it's not supposed to be outside of the

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

      reply	other threads:[~2021-12-13 20:19 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-10-01 13:56 [PATCH v1 1/1] virt: acrn: Drop internal kernel type from ABI Andy Shevchenko
2021-10-01 14:01 ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-10-01 14:58   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-10-01 15:10     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-12-13 20:18       ` Andy Shevchenko [this message]

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