[vbox-dev] Modifying the vboxguest ioctl API (Was: Re: [RFC] VGDrvCommonIoCtl: Add f32bit flag argument)

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Mon Aug 21 12:48:00 UTC 2017


On 14-08-17 14:19, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
> On 14-08-17 13:43, Knut St. Osmundsen wrote:
>> Hi Hans,
>> the other platforms also have KPIs or similar constructs for figuring
>> out whether the client process issuing the I/O controls is a 32-bit or
>> 64-bit one.  However, using the VBOXGUEST_IOCTL_FLAG set to 0 or 0x80 if
>> 32-bit or 64-bit was a less complex (+faster(+safer)) way of deal with
>> this.  The host driver does this as well.  I would like the structure of
>> the two to be as similar as possible.
>> I'm not very keen to adding linux specific clutter (f32Bit + #ifndef
>> RT_OS_LINUX) to the common code just because you can do it differently
>> only Linux.  Sorry.  Want minimal platform specific cruft in common
>> code.  Hope you understand.
> OK and yes I understand.
>> PS. I noticed in the Linux kernel RFC email thread that we've agreed to
>> freeze the I/O control ABI.  We cannot guarantee that's it's 100% frozen
>> at this point, since the generic status code fix (getting rid of that
>> ioctl non-zero return value) hasn't been done yet.  I will see if I can
>> squeeze it in later this week.
> I had already decided to just live with the positive return for vbox
> host status codes, but if you want this changed for other reasons, then yes
> now would be the time to do that. But you don't have to do it just on
> my account.

I plan to post a v2 of the vboxguest driver for upstream tomorrow. Given
the above I will mark it as a RFC for now. Anychance you can wrap this up
soonish so that I can post a non RFC version with the final ABI upstream ?



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