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Date:   Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:32:01 -0800
From:   Shannon Nelson <snelson@...sando.io>
To:     Leon Romanovsky <leon@...nel.org>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@...e.cz>
Cc:     Leon Romanovsky <leonro@...lanox.com>,
        Michal Kalderon <michal.kalderon@...vell.com>,
        linux-netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        RDMA mailing list <linux-rdma@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v4] net/core: Replace driver version to be kernel
 version

On 1/26/20 11:20 PM, Leon Romanovsky wrote:
> From: Leon Romanovsky <leonro@...lanox.com>
>
> In order to stop useless driver version bumps and unify output
> presented by ethtool -i, let's set default version string.
>
> As Linus said in [1]: "Things are supposed to be backwards and
> forwards compatible, because we don't accept breakage in user
> space anyway. So versioning is pointless, and only causes
> problems."
>
> They cause problems when users start to see version changes
> and expect specific set of features which will be different
> for stable@, vanilla and distribution kernels.
>
> Distribution kernels are based on some kernel version with extra
> patches on top, for example, in RedHat world this "extra" is a lot
> and for them your driver version say nothing. Users who run vanilla
> kernels won't use driver version information too, because running
> such kernels requires knowledge and understanding.
>
> Another set of problems are related to difference in versioning scheme
> and such doesn't allow to write meaningful automation which will work
> sanely on all ethtool capable devices.
>
> Before this change:
> [leonro@...er ~]$ ethtool -i eth0
> driver: virtio_net
> version: 1.0.0
> After this change and once ->version assignment will be deleted
> from virtio_net:
> [leonro@...ver ~]$ ethtool -i eth0
> driver: virtio_net
> version: 5.5.0-rc6+
>
> Link: https://lore.kernel.org/ksummit-discuss/CA+55aFx9A=5cc0QZ7CySC4F2K7eYaEfzkdYEc9JaNgCcV25=rg@mail.gmail.com/
> Link: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200122152627.14903-1-michal.kalderon@marvell.com/T/#md460ff8f976c532a89d6860411c3c50bb811038b
> Link: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200127060835.GA570@unicorn.suse.cz
> Signed-off-by: Leon Romanovsky <leonro@...lanox.com>
> ---
>   Changelog:
>   v4: Set default driver version prior to calling ->get_drvinfo(). This will allow
>       us to remove all in-the-tree version assignments, while keeping ability
>       to overwrite it for out-of-tree drivers.
>   v3: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200126105422.86969-1-leon@kernel.org
>       Used wrong target branch, changed from rdma-next to net-next.
>   v2: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200126100124.86014-1-leon@kernel.org
>       Updated commit message.
>   v1: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200125161401.40683-1-leon@kernel.org
>       Resend per-Dave's request
>       https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200125.101311.1924780619716720495.davem@davemloft.net
>       No changes at all and applied cleanly on top of "3333e50b64fe Merge branch 'mlxsw-Offload-TBF'"
>   v0: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-rdma/20200123130541.30473-1-leon@kernel.org
> ---
>   net/ethtool/ioctl.c | 2 ++
>   1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/net/ethtool/ioctl.c b/net/ethtool/ioctl.c
> index 182bffbffa78..0501b615e920 100644
> --- a/net/ethtool/ioctl.c
> +++ b/net/ethtool/ioctl.c
> @@ -17,6 +17,7 @@
>   #include <linux/phy.h>
>   #include <linux/bitops.h>
>   #include <linux/uaccess.h>
> +#include <linux/vermagic.h>
>   #include <linux/vmalloc.h>
>   #include <linux/sfp.h>
>   #include <linux/slab.h>
> @@ -655,6 +656,7 @@ static noinline_for_stack int ethtool_get_drvinfo(struct net_device *dev,
>
>   	memset(&info, 0, sizeof(info));
>   	info.cmd = ETHTOOL_GDRVINFO;
> +	strlcpy(info.version, UTS_RELEASE, sizeof(info.version));
>   	if (ops->get_drvinfo) {
>   		ops->get_drvinfo(dev, &info);
>   	} else if (dev->dev.parent && dev->dev.parent->driver) {
> --
> 2.24.1
>
I can work with this - thanks.

Acked-by: Shannon Nelson <snelson@...sando.io>


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