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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 13/22] s390: vfio-ap: sysfs interface to view matrix mdev matrix

On 09/12/2018 07:01 PM, Tony Krowiak wrote:
> On 08/20/2018 10:08 AM, Cornelia Huck wrote:
>> I find this output to be a bit confusing; but OTOH, I'm probably not
>> the person to parse it :) Still, some comments.
>>  From previous discussions, ISTR that this is mainly supposed to be a
>> debugging/administration aid. Of course, this generates some questions:
>> - Should this be in sysfs (sysfs attributes are supposed to follow the
>>    "one value per file" rule, at least for the most part), or would
>>    debugfs be a better fit?
>> - Should userspace code be able to introspect the current
>>    configuration? If yes, it might be better to have some
>>    not-so-nice-but-easily-parsable output, possibly one attribute for
>>    the assigned adapters and one for the assigned domains, and a tool
>>    which distills that into a nice "matrix" with labeled rows and
>>    columns for human consumption.
>> That said, I don't really have major objections to that interface.
> For now, I will leave it in, but we could conceivably simplify configuration
> of the matrix and adhere to sysfs rules by modeling this after the AP bus
> apmask and aqmask sysfs interfaces. If we did that, there would need to be only
> three RW sysfs interfaces:
> apm or apmask or ap_mask or adapter_mask or apid_mask
> aqm or aqmask or aq_mask or domains or usage_domain_mask or apqi_mask
> adm or admask or ad_mask or control_domains or control_domain_mask or domain_mask
> To assign a device, either a bitmask or a comma separated list of IDs prepended
> with a '+' could be passed in. To unassign a device, either a bitmask in or a
> comma-separated list of IDs prepended with a '-' could be passed in.
> Reading an attribute would return the mask. As you suggested, tools could be
> provided to parse the output and display it in a human-readable format.

I would prefer an interface where one can set at least one whole mask in one
go over the current one that let us manipulate just one bit at a time.


>>> Signed-off-by: Tony Krowiak <>
>>> Reviewed-by: Halil Pasic <>
>>> Tested-by: Michael Mueller <>
>>> Tested-by: Farhan Ali <>
>>> Tested-by: Pierre Morel <>
>>> Signed-off-by: Christian Borntraeger <>
>>> ---
>>>   drivers/s390/crypto/vfio_ap_ops.c |   52 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>   1 files changed, 52 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

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