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Re: [dm-devel] dm: introduce DM_GET_TARGET_VERSION



On Tue, Sep 17 2019 at  2:32am -0400,
Christoph Hellwig <hch infradead org> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 08:16:41PM +0200, Milan Broz wrote:
> > 
> > So the main idea behind this was just use already existing functionality
> > in kernel DM, and provide simple user-friendly way to detect some incompatibilites
> > more early. If detection is not there, we just fallback to the old way.
> 
> Well, and the nice way to do that is to actually report the features,
> not some arbitrary version number.  That is have a sysfs file (or
> ioctl for dm if that is the way to go) that reports a list of
> capabilities.  Then userspace checks for that desired capability and
> only tries the feture if it is supported.

A target's version, while opaque and imperfect, has served DM pretty
well for a long time.  Requires discipline when backporting changes but
stable@ version bumps generally don't occur because such a bump triggers
conflicts across the N stable@ kernels.

So I'm not opposed to fined grained reporting of target features.  But
doing so can come later.


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