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Date:   Thu, 28 May 2020 14:27:05 +0000
From:   Luis Chamberlain <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/8] kernel: taint when the driver firmware crashes

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 02:36:42PM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Wed, 27 May 2020 03:19:18 +0000 Luis Chamberlain wrote:
> > I read your patch, and granted, I will accept I was under the incorrect
> > assumption that this can only be used by networking devices, however it
> > the devlink approach achieves getting userspace the ability with
> > iproute2 devlink util to query a device health, on to which we can peg
> > firmware health. But *this* patch series is not about health status and
> > letting users query it, its about a *critical* situation which has come up
> > with firmware requiring me to reboot my system, and the lack of *any*
> > infrastructure in the kernel today to inform userspace about it.
> > 
> > So say we use netlink to report a critical health situation, how are we
> > informing userspace with your patch series about requring a reboot?
> One of main features of netlink is pub/sub model of notifications.
> Whatever you imagine listening to your uevent can listen to
> devlink-health notifications via devlink. 
> In fact I've shown this off in the RFC patches I sent to you, see 
> the devlink mon health command being used.

Yes but I looked at iputils2 devlink and seems I made an incorrect
assumption this can only be used for a network device rather than
a struct device.

I'll take a second look.


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