[patch 1/7] tty_port: allow a port to be opened with a tty that has no file handle

Okash Khawaja okash.khawaja at gmail.com
Mon Mar 13 18:38:47 EDT 2017

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 06:12:47AM +0800, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 10:05:52PM +0000, okash.khawaja at gmail.com wrote:
> > Allow access to TTY device from kernel. This is based on Alan Cox's patch
> > (http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-kernel at vger.kernel.org/msg1215095.html),
> > with description quoted below.
> > 
> > "tty_port: allow a port to be opened with a tty that has no file handle
> > 
> > Let us create tty objects entirely in kernel space.
> > 
> > With this a kernel created non file backed tty object could be used to handle
> > data, and set terminal modes. Not all ldiscs can cope with this as N_TTY in
> > particular has to work back to the fs/tty layer.
> > 
> > The tty_port code is however otherwise clean of file handles as far as I can
> > tell as is the low level tty port write path used by the ldisc, the
> > configuration low level interfaces and most of the ldiscs.
> > 
> > Currently you don't have any exposure to see tty hangups because those are
> > built around the file layer. However a) it's a fixed port so you probably
> > don't care about that b) if you do we can add a callback and c) you almost
> > certainly don't want the userspace tear down/rebuild behaviour anyway.
> > 
> > This should however be sufficient if we wanted for example to enumerate all
> > the bluetooth bound fixed ports via ACPI and make them directly available.
> > 
> > It doesn't deal with the case of a user opening a port that's also kernel
> > opened and that would need some locking out (so it returned EBUSY if bound
> > to a kernel device of some kind). That needs resolving along with how you
> > "up" or "down" your new bluetooth device, or enumerate it while providing
> > the existing tty API to avoid regressions (and to debug)."
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Okash Khawaja <okash.khawaja at gmail.com>
> > 
> > Reviewed-by: Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault at ens-lyon.org>
> You do know this is already in 4.11-rc1, right?  Please rebase your
> patch set on 4.11-rc2 at the least and resend.

Didn't realise that! Will resend

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