[PATCH] Open Firmware device tree virtual filesystem

David Kahn dmk at flex.com
Mon Jan 1 20:40:25 EST 2007

David Miller wrote:

> We have some extensive code in fs/openpromfs/inode.c that
> determines whether a property is text or not.  I can't
> guarentee it works %100, but it's very context dependant
> (only the driver "knows") but it works for all the cases
> I've tried.

The problem with guessing, as you've noted, is that you
can't be 100% correct for device specific stuff.

Sure, you can guess that standard properties defined
by the core spec like "ranges" and "reg" consist of
integer data, but you can't make any guess about
device-specific stuff. (The heuristics you mentioned
just look at the data to see if it consists of printable
characters as far as I can tell, and that too isn't
foolproof, as you noted.)

Properties that consist of simple string data will just
show up as printable string data, but it's usually best to
leave the interpretation of binary properties up to the
entity that's consuming them, since they have to
know how to interpret them.

Also, the sparc port doesn't have to deal with
endian issues, since prop-encoding is big-endian.
There's really no way to "guess" properly.

A userland library or program can do whatever
it wants to as a helper. The interpretation of
the data should be done by the entity that consumes

If that doesn't fit the model of /sys or /proc,
I suppose it could be done in a separate file
system, but that's overkill, isn't it?


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