RFC locking and rate limit updates for i2c?

Grant Coady grant_nospam at dodo.com.au
Fri Mar 25 00:47:24 CET 2005

Hi Khali,

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 22:54:59 +0100, Jean Delvare <khali at linux-fr.org> wrote:
>> I still go for lm85 locking model, perhaps overdone but seems 
>> clearly safe.  Certainly easy to point at lm85 as reference 
>> model for write locking in the author / porter guide.
>> Then think of reader locking, can drivers simply return 
>> -error_update_in_progress_uncertain_data_value_try_again ?
>With what benefit, when we can wait a fraction of second and return a
>valid value?

How driver wait for that?  If writer taken lock, is reader 
Not as far as I see.

Perhaps need yet another lock to do this properly, writer takes 
exclusive lock, reader takes non-exclusive lock that will block 
update writers but not other readers.

I'll leave this for now as I have other concerns with value readers 
that may be resolved as I gain some knowledge of the drivers in 

>> Moving on:
>> What I do need is a list of drivers that will be handled by 
>> others, then I'll update the 'orphans', as well as continue 
>> the DIV_TO_REG removal work in progress.
>Consider all the drivers 'orphans' ;) I mean, changes to a driver are
>not reserved to its author. The original author will certainly check
>your patches, and give some kind of approval, but that's about it.
>> Is it time for me to learn the 'ticket' system?
>What do you mean?

Somewhere I read on lm_sensors to take out 'tickets' so others know 
what is being developed.
>> Who is documenting this?
>You? :)

Yes, well, I did start this particular mess :)

I'll repost via686a against -mm2 as new thread.


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