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From: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>
To: Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org>
Cc: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@glider.be>,
	Bartosz Golaszewski <bgolaszewski@baylibre.com>,
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	QEMU Developers <qemu-devel@nongnu.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 6/7] docs: gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater documentation
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:48:38 +0100
Message-ID: <CAMuHMdV+Ww5Y9G7+bS-SyHtm4dC89V37yuaYvrS3kYW=PRTkFA@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CACRpkdb1XZAeSThxWmJtnm80T4aPufXV2UvJdVdgnw-TJe3trg@mail.gmail.com>

Hi Linus,

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:42 PM Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 9:43 AM Geert Uytterhoeven
> <geert+renesas@glider.be> wrote:
> > +The GPIO Aggregator allows access control for individual GPIOs, by aggregating
> > +them into a new gpio_chip, which can be assigned to a group or user using
> > +standard UNIX file ownership and permissions.  Furthermore, this simplifies and
> > +hardens exporting GPIOs to a virtual machine, as the VM can just grab the full
> > +GPIO controller, and no longer needs to care about which GPIOs to grab and
> > +which not, reducing the attack surface.
> > +
> > +Aggregated GPIO controllers are instantiated and destroyed by writing to
> > +write-only attribute files in sysfs.
>
> I suppose virtual machines will have a lengthy config file where
> they specify which GPIO lines to pick and use for their GPIO
> aggregator, and that will all be fine, the VM starts and the aggregator
> is there and we can start executing.
>
> I would perhaps point out a weakness as with all sysfs and with the current
> gpio sysfs: if a process creates an aggregator device, and then that
> process crashes, what happens when you try to restart the process and
> run e.g. your VM again?
>
> Time for a hard reboot? Or should we add some design guidelines for
> these machines so that they can cleanly tear down aggregators
> previously created by the crashed VM?

No, the VM does not create the aggregator.

The idea is for the user to create one or more aggregators, set up
permissions on /dev/gpiochipX, and launch the VM, passing the aggregated
/dev/gpiochipX as parameters.
If the VM crashes, just launch it again.

Destroying the aggregators is a manual and independent process, after
the VM has exited.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

                        Geert


--
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Thread overview: 48+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-27  8:42 [PATCH v3 0/7] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 1/7] gpiolib: Add GPIOCHIP_NAME definition Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:38   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-02 21:17   ` Eugeniu Rosca
2019-12-12 10:37   ` Linus Walleij
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 2/7] gpiolib: Add support for gpiochipN-based table lookup Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:38   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-12 13:20   ` Linus Walleij
2019-12-12 13:33     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-12-12 14:36       ` Linus Walleij
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 3/7] gpiolib: Add support for GPIO line " Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:39   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-12 13:40   ` Linus Walleij
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 4/7] dt-bindings: gpio: Add gpio-repeater bindings Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:39   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-03  5:51   ` Harish Jenny K N
2019-12-05 21:06   ` Rob Herring
2019-12-06  9:17     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-12-06 15:03       ` Rob Herring
2020-01-06  8:12         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2020-01-07  9:22           ` Harish Jenny K N
2020-01-16  5:09             ` Harish Jenny K N
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 5/7] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater driver Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-27 14:15   ` Eugeniu Rosca
2019-11-27 14:33     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:40   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-03  5:42   ` Harish Jenny K N
2019-12-03  8:17     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-12-03  8:51       ` Harish Jenny K N
2019-12-03 10:51   ` Eugeniu Rosca
2020-01-09 13:35     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2020-01-09 13:49       ` Eugeniu Rosca
2019-12-12 14:34   ` Linus Walleij
2019-12-12 15:24     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2020-01-04  0:38       ` Linus Walleij
2020-01-06  8:23         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2020-01-08 23:12           ` Linus Walleij
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 6/7] docs: gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater documentation Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-28  3:41   ` Ulrich Hecht
2019-12-12 14:42   ` Linus Walleij
2019-12-12 14:48     ` Geert Uytterhoeven [this message]
2020-01-04  0:21       ` Linus Walleij
2020-01-06  8:06         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-27  8:42 ` [PATCH v3 7/7] MAINTAINERS: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater section Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-12-03  5:38   ` Harish Jenny K N
2020-01-18  1:46 ` [PATCH v3 0/7] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater Eugeniu Rosca
2020-01-20  9:33   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2020-01-20 12:14     ` Eugeniu Rosca

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