[systemd-devel] [PATCHv2] tty: Set correct tty name in 'active' sysfs attribute

Kay Sievers kay at vrfy.org
Fri Feb 7 01:02:02 PST 2014

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
<gregkh at linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 04:44:20PM +0100, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
>> On 02/06/2014 04:29 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>> > On Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 03:27:43PM +0100, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
>> >> The 'active' sysfs attribute should refer to the currently
>> >> active tty devices the console is running on, not the currently
>> >> active console.
>> >
>> > That's not what Documentation/ABI/sysfs-tty says:
>> >                  Shows the list of currently configured
>> >                  console devices, like 'tty1 ttyS0'.
>> >                  The last entry in the file is the active
>> >                  device connected to /dev/console.
>> >                  The file supports poll() to detect virtual
>> >                  console switches.
>> >
>> The problem is indeed with 'console devices'. There is no such
>> thing; you only have tty devices where the console is running on.
>> >> The console structure doesn't refer to any device in sysfs,
>> >> only the tty the console is running on has.
>> >
>> > That sentance doesn't make sense.
>> >
>> >> So we need to print out the tty names in 'active', not
>> >> the console names.
>> >
>> > But that doesn't match the documentation.
>> >
>> > What exactly are you trying to "fix" here?  What is the problem that the
>> > current file has that is broken?  And as you are changing what this file
>> > means, what will break if the information in the file changes?
>> >
>> systemd is using the 'active' sysfs attribute to figure out on which
>> _tty_ device to start a getty on.
>> As soon as the console name and the tty name are different
>> you have no means of figuring out which _device_ to open.
>> AFAICS the console 'device' (ie the current entry in 'active')
>> doesn't have _any_ equivalent in sysfs; it just so happens that for
>> most console drivers the tty driver name is identical.
>> But this is not a requirement, and fails for drivers which have a
>> different device for the console and the tty.
>> EG on S/390 the 3270 tty has the devices
>> /dev/3270/tty1
>> but the console driver announces the name 'tty3270'.
>> So as per current rules the 'active' attribute contains
>> tty32700
>> which correct as per documentation, but doesn't have _any_
>> equivalent in sysfs.
>> Martin has the grubby details here.
>> But of course, the documentation should be updated to match the new
>> behavior.
> Ok, care to send an updated version, that fixes the Documentation as
> well?  If Kay agrees that this is the correct solution, I'll be glad to
> take it.

Sounds good to me. The intention clearly was to point to the device in use,
which we can find then.

I would not expect problems with this change. For common uses it is the
same name already and nothing visibly should change, and for the ones
where it isn't the same, I expect it is not too useful to find the driver


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