[PATCH/RFC] add proc_dir_entry fields to device_node

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Sat Oct 4 17:55:50 EST 2003

On Fri, 2003-10-03 at 18:22, Nathan Lynch wrote:
> Hi-
> I am doing some ppc64 work to enable dynamic addition and removal of
> nodes in /proc/device-tree.  It seems that recording a node's directory
> and symlinks (if any) in the device_node is the easiest way to assure
> that a node is cleaned up properly after deletion.
> I need to add a few lines to fs/proc/proc_devtree.c::add_node() to
> record the proc entries for each node as it is processed.  These will
> refer to fields that do not yet exist in ppc's device_node.  I propose
> adding these fields to ppc's device_node (patch attached).  If that
> comment in prom.h about breaking BootX is still valid, there are
> alternatives, but they would likely involve ifdefs and macros.

The comment is valid. You cannot change the format of struct
device_node on ppc32 without breaking BootX booting :(

The solution to this is to finally break it by having a conversion
step between the BootX-passed device-tree and the in-kernel one


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