[Nut-upsdev] [PATCH] al175: updated driver, please restore it
aquette.dev at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 15:39:13 UTC 2009
2009/1/27 Kirill Smelkov <kirr at mns.spb.ru>
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 05:58:23PM +0300, Kirill Smelkov wrote:
> > Arjen, Arnaud,
> > first of all, I'm sorry for my late reply.
> > If it's not too late, here is updated al175:
> > On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 11:37:04PM +0100, Arjen de Korte wrote:
> > > Citeren Kirill Smelkov <kirr at mns.spb.ru>:
> > >
> > > [...]
> > >
> > >> Yes, "All the world is not an x86 Linux box," and I've tried to make
> all the
> > >> world happy.
> > >
> > > I raised several other issues as well, of which the most important one
> > > isn't addressed. The driver still uses 'alloca' which isn't portable
> > > is not in POSIX). I also indicated how this could be solved by using
> > > automatic variables. In any case I'm not conviced there is no
> > > alternative here, so this is a show stopper for now.
> > I've reworked it not to use alloca and to use auto-variables + xmalloc
> > in one place.
> > Now it usually looks like
> > raw_data reply;
> > byte_t reply_buf;
> > ...
> > raw_alloc_onstack(&reply, reply_buf);
> > > Also something I really don't like in this driver is the use of
> > > Although this is presently used in the 'net-xml' driver (in case an
> > > neon library is detected), there is no need for this here. We have
> > > timeouts on *all* ser_get* functions and these *must* be used instead.
> > > Note that with using timeouts I mean something different than setting
> > > them to '999' seconds and setting an alarm() to breakout early. Unless
> > > there is a really good reason to use an alarm() (ie, there is no
> > > alternative), this shouldn't be used.
> > I've used alarm in the first place for the following reason:
> > Let's look at e.g. upsdrv_updateinfo() -- it reads several al175
> > registers, and each read_register consists of a chat between host and
> > al175.
> > And I want the whole transaction to be less than say 5 seconds. What
> > should I do? manually calculate read/write time budget left for _each_
> > read or write?
> > I think this is not practical.
> > That's why I simply
> > 1. arm the timer via alarm(T) to fire after T seconds
> > 2. do all the I/O, logic, etc...
> > 3. if I/O would stale at *any* place, it will be *always* aborted right
> > after T seconds since the transaction start (thanks to alarm)
> > 4. after all the I/O transaction is done -- reset the timer.
> > And exactly for this reason 999 is used as infinity which means 'much
> > more longer than _any_ T we'll pass to alarm() ever'. If there is a way
> > to actually pass 'please never timeout on select', I'd be happy to
> > rework the code.
> > Also according to mans, alarm(2) is in SVr4, POSIX.1-2001 and 4.3BSD.
> > That's why I think using alarm() makes sense.
> > But if there is a similiar functionality in NUT to set whole transaction
> > timeout, I'll be happy to rework the code to use what NUT provides.
> > > Even in the updated driver, I see quite a couple of fprintf() lines.
> > > Although these are in most (all?) cases encased in a 'if
> > > (nut_debug_level > 0)', we have the upsdebug* functions for that. Do
> > > yourself (and your fellow developers) a favor and use those instead.
> > > Another thing related to this is the XTRACE macro. This will only use a
> > > single (1) debug level to show output. Please use a layered approach,
> > > where various levels of debugging information are used.
> > I've split debug/trace output into several levels:
> > 1 /* user-level trace (status, instcmd, etc */
> > 2 /* proto handling info */
> > 3 /* IO trace */
> > so with -D the user will see only high level stuff, with -DD --
> > high-level info + any information regarding COMLI proto handling, and
> > with -DDD -- everything includiong full IO trace.
> > Can't test it because I don't have the hardware now, but I hope this is
> > ok.
> > (one place still uses fprintf(stderr, ...) but that's because it is
> > difficult to construct one line through several calls to upsdebug,
> > although sure this is doable, like upsdebug_hex does. Mine has pretty
> > printing for control ascii characters, and I'd better leave it there,
> > because as I recall this was usefull for debugging. I hope this is not
> > a show-stopper.)
> > > It also helps understanding the driver if you keep the number of
> > > macro's limited.
> > The reason XTRACE was introduced in the first place is to automatically
> > put a function name as prefix into trace output through the use of
> > __FUNCTION__. if it is (again) a protability problem, we could always
> > workaround this as follows (taken from gcc manual):
> > #if __STDC_VERSION__ < 199901L
> > # if __GNUC__ >= 2
> > # define __func__ __FUNCTION__
> > # else
> > # define __func__ "<unknown>"
> > # endif
> > #endif
> > Here is the interdiff wrt recent version as posted to the list, and the
> > full patch:
> Arnaud, Arjen,
> So what would we do about this patch?
> I've tried to address the issues you've raised, and to describe my
> rationale behind alarm().
> If it can't go in -- that's ok with me, but could you please at least
> tell me what you objections (if any) are now.
sorry, both Arjen and I were caught by real life!
we've had a discussion not long ago about your driver.
the conclusion is that there are still show stoppers for including it back
in the tree.
so it's a no-go for 2.4.0!
Remember that our aim is not to bother drivers developers, but to ensure
that their work will be maintainable and maintained even if they
Arjen should get back to you soon and point/help you in doing what is
Though he already stated most (if not all) the points in the previous mails.
In the meantime, 2.2.2 will still be available, and you can always use a
patched 2.4.0 including al175
so, keep your motivation, we'll end up in succeeding ;-)
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