[PATCH v3 00/16] ipmi: Allow raw access to KCS devices

Andrew Jeffery andrew at aj.id.au
Mon May 24 10:36:00 AEST 2021

Hi Corey,

On Sat, 22 May 2021, at 03:06, Corey Minyard wrote:
> On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 03:11:57PM +0930, Andrew Jeffery wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > This is the 3rd spin of the series refactoring the keyboard-controller-style
> > device drivers in the IPMI subsystem.
> This is a nice set of cleanups outside of just allowing raw access.
> I'll let you handle Zev's comments and a few of mine.

Thanks for taking the time to review the series. I'll address the 
comments from you both in v4.

> I almost hate to ask this, but would there be value in allowing the BT
> driver to use this abstract interface? 

Hmm. Possibly, but it's not something I've looked at yet. If we did 
want to go down that path I don't think it would be too difficult, but 
I don't have a need to touch the BT side of it right now.

> Or maybe it would be just too
> hard to get a common abstraction, more work than it's worth.  It's
> surprising that more people don't want BT as it's vastly superior to
> KCS.  

For bulk data, certainly. However for the use-cases I have I'm using 
the KCS interface as a control channel that isn't data intensive. 
Interrupts, a small command set (256 values are more than enough) and a 
status byte are all I'm really after, so BT is more than I need.

Plus for the systems I'm working on we're still using BT for in-band 
IPMI while we transition to MCTP/PLDM. The current BT implementation is 
working fine for that :)



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