[RFC PATCH 17/17] KVM: PPC: Add an ioctl for userspace to select which platform to emulate

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Fri Jul 1 09:13:12 EST 2011

> Regarding that.  There's another option - the ioctl code embeds the 
> structure size.  So if we extend the ioctl parsing to pad up (or 
> truncate down) from the user's size to our size, and similarly in the 
> other direction, we can get away from this ugliness.

I don't like relying on that much ... I prefer having an explicit
version in the structure head (or use a flag).

> Some years ago I posted a generic helper that did this (and also 
> kmalloc'ed and kfree'd the data itself), but it wasn't received 
> favourably.  Maybe I should try again (and we can possibly use it in kvm 
> even if it is rejected for general use, though that's against our 
> principles of pushing all generic infrastructure to the wider kernel).


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