[EXT] Re: [PATCH v12 net-next 12/15] net: mvpp2: add BM protection underrun feature support
mw at semihalf.com
Thu Feb 11 14:13:24 EST 2021
czw., 11 lut 2021 o 15:19 Andrew Lunn <andrew at lunn.ch> napisał(a):
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 08:22:19AM +0000, Stefan Chulski wrote:
> > >
> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > From: <stefanc at marvell.com>
> > > Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:48:17 +0200
> > >
> > > >
> > > > +static int bm_underrun_protect = 1;
> > > > +
> > > > +module_param(bm_underrun_protect, int, 0444);
> > > > +MODULE_PARM_DESC(bm_underrun_protect, "Set BM underrun protect
> > > > +feature (0-1), def=1");
> > >
> > > No new module parameters, please.
> > Ok, I would remove new module parameters.
> > By the way why new module parameters forbitten?
> Historically, module parameters are a bad interface for
> configuration. Vendors have stuffed all sorts of random junk into
> module parameters. There is little documentation. Different drivers
> can have similar looking module parameters which do different
> things. Or different module parameters, which actually do the same
> thing. But maybe with slightly different parameters.
> We get a much better overall result if you stop and think for a
> while. How can this be made a generic configuration knob which
> multiple vendors could use? And then add it to ethtool. Extend the
> ethtool -h text and the man page. Maybe even hack some other vendors
> driver to make use of it.
> Or we have also found out, that pushing back on parameters like this,
> the developers goes back and looks at the code, and sometimes figures
> out a way to automatically do the right thing, removing the
> configuration knob, and just making it all simpler for the user to
I think of 2 alternatives:
* `ethtool --set-priv-flags` - in such case there is a question if
switching this particular feature in runtime is a good idea.
* New DT/ACPI property - it is a hardware feature after all, so maybe
let the user decide whether to enable it on the platform description
What do you think?
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