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Date:	Tue, 11 Sep 2007 18:51:47 +0200
From:	Ivo van Doorn <ivdoorn@...il.com>
To:	Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@...cle.com>
Cc:	davem@...emloft.net, Dmitry Torokhov <dtor@...ightbb.com>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	Inaky Perez-Gonzalez <inaky@...ux.intel.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] rfkill: Add rfkill documentation

On Monday 10 September 2007, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 19:56:03 +0200 Ivo van Doorn wrote:
> 
> > Add a documentation file which contains
> > a short description about rfkill with some
> > notes about drivers and the userspace interface.
> 
> Thanks.  I have noted a few typo/editorial changes below.

Thanks!
I'll resend this patch within a few minutes. :)

Ivo

> > Signed-off-by: Ivo van Doorn <IvDoorn@...il.com>
> > Acked-by: Dmitry Torokhov <dtor@...l.ru>
> > ---
> >  Documentation/rfkill.txt |   88 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >  1 files changed, 88 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >  create mode 100644 Documentation/rfkill.txt
> > 
> > diff --git a/Documentation/rfkill.txt b/Documentation/rfkill.txt
> > new file mode 100644
> > index 0000000..93c76fc
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ b/Documentation/rfkill.txt
> > @@ -0,0 +1,88 @@
> > +rfkill - RF switch subsystem support
> > +====================================
> > +
> > +1 Implementation details
> > +2 Driver support
> > +3 Userspace support
> > +
> > +===============================================================================
> > +1: Implementation details
> > +
> > +The rfkill switch subsystem offers support for keys often found on laptops
> > +to enable wireless devices like WiFi and Bluetooth.
> > +
> > +This is done by providing the user 3 possibilities:
> > + - The rfkill system handles all events, userspace is not aware of events.
> > + - The rfkill system handles all events, userspace is informed about the event.
> > + - The rfkill system does not handle events, userspace handles all events.
> 
> I would s/,/;/ in the 3 lines above.
> 
> > +The buttons to enable and disable the wireless radios are important in
> > +situations where the user is for example using his laptop on a location where
> > +wireless radios _must_ be disabled (e.g airplanes).
> > +Because of this requirement, userspace support for the keys should not be
> > +made mandatory. Because userspace might want to perform some additional smarter
> > +tasks when the key is pressed, rfkill still provides userspace the possibility
> > +to take over the task to handle the key events.
> > +
> > +The system inside the kernel has been split into 2 seperate sections:
> 
>                                                       separate
> 
> > +	1 - RFKILL
> > +	2 - RFKILL_INPUT
> > +
> > +The first option enables rfkill support and will make sure userspace will
> > +be notified of any events through the input device. It also creates several
> > +sysfs entries which can be used by userspace. See section "Userspace support".
> > +
> > +The second option provides a rfkill input handler. This handler will
> 
>                               an
> 
> > +listen to all rfkill key events and will toggle the radio accordingly,
> 
> end above with ; or .  If '.', s/with/With/ on next line.
> 
> > +with this option enabled userspace could either do nothing or simply
> > +perform monitoring tasks.
> > +
> > +====================================
> > +2: Driver support
> > +
> > +Drivers who wish to build in rfkill subsystem support should
> 
>    Drivers that
> 
> But, drivers can't/don't wish, so it would be better to say something
> like:
> 
> To build a driver with rfkill subsystem support, the driver should
> depend on the Kconfig symbol RFKILL; it should _not_ depend on
> RKFILL_INPUT.
> 
> 
> > +make sure their driver depends of the Kconfig option RFKILL, it should
> > +_not_ depend on RFKILL_INPUT.
> > +
> > +Unless key events trigger a interrupt to which the driver listens, polling
> 
>                              an interrupt
> 
> > +will be required to determine the key state changes. For this the input
> > +layer providers the input-polldev handler.
> > +
> > +A driver should implement a few steps to correctly make use of the
> > +rfkill subsystem. First for non-polling drivers:
> > +
> > +	- rfkill_allocate()
> > +	- input_allocate_device()
> > +	- rfkill_register()
> > +	- input_register_device()
> > +
> > +For polling drivers:
> > +
> > +	- rfkill_allocate()
> > +	- input_allocate_polled_device()
> > +	- rfkill_register()
> > +	- input_register_polled_device()
> > +
> > +When a key event has been detected, the correct event should be
> > +send over the input device which has been registered by the driver.
> 
>    sent
> 
> > +
> > +====================================
> > +3: Userspace support
> > +
> > +For each key a input device will be created which will send out the correct
> 
>                 an
> 
> > +key event when the rfkill key has been pressed.
> > +
> > +The following sysfs entries will be created:
> > +
> > +	name: Name assigned by driver to this key (interface or driver name).
> > +	type: Name of the key type ("wlan", "bluetooth", etc).
> > +	state: Current state of the key. 1: On, 0: Off.
> > +	claim: 1: Userspace handles events, 0: Kernel handles events
> > +
> > +Both the "state" and "claim" entries are also writable. For the "state" entry
> > +this means that when 1 or 0 is written all radios will be toggled accordingly.
> 
> will be written even if they are already in that state?
> 
> > +For the "claim" entry writing 1 to it will mean that the kernel will no longer
> 
> s/will mean/means/
> s/will no longer handle/no longer handles/
> 
> > +handle key events even though RFKILL_INPUT input was enabled. When "claim" has
> > +been set to 0, userspace should make sure it will listen for the input events
> 
> s/it will listen/that it listens/
> 
> > +or check the sysfs "state" entry regularly to correctly perform the required
> > +tasks when the rkfill key is pressed.
> > -- 
> 
> ---
> ~Randy
> *** Remember to use Documentation/SubmitChecklist when testing your code ***
> 


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