Re: [PATCH v3 00/24] Remove COMMAND_LINE_SIZE from uapi

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Hi Heiko,

On Tue, Feb 14, 2023 at 9:39 AM Heiko Carstens <hca@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, Feb 14, 2023 at 08:49:01AM +0100, Alexandre Ghiti wrote:
This all came up in the context of increasing COMMAND_LINE_SIZE in the
RISC-V port.  In theory that's a UABI break, as COMMAND_LINE_SIZE is the
maximum length of /proc/cmdline and userspace could staticly rely on
that to be correct.

Usually I wouldn't mess around with changing this sort of thing, but
PowerPC increased it with a5980d064fe2 ("powerpc: Bump COMMAND_LINE_SIZE
to 2048").  There are also a handful of examples of COMMAND_LINE_SIZE
increasing, but they're from before the UAPI split so I'm not quite sure
what that means: e5a6a1c90948 ("powerpc: derive COMMAND_LINE_SIZE from
asm-generic"), 684d2fd48e71 ("[S390] kernel: Append scpdata to kernel
boot command line"), 22242681cff5 ("MIPS: Extend COMMAND_LINE_SIZE"),
and 2b74b85693c7 ("sh: Derive COMMAND_LINE_SIZE from

It seems to me like COMMAND_LINE_SIZE really just shouldn't have been
part of the uapi to begin with, and userspace should be able to handle
/proc/cmdline of whatever length it turns out to be.  I don't see any
references to COMMAND_LINE_SIZE anywhere but Linux via a quick Google
search, but that's not really enough to consider it unused on my end.

The feedback on the v1 seemed to indicate that COMMAND_LINE_SIZE really
shouldn't be part of uapi, so this now touches all the ports.  I've
tried to split this all out and leave it bisectable, but I haven't
tested it all that aggressively.

Just to confirm this assumption a bit more: that's actually the same
conclusion that we ended up with when commit 3da0243f906a ("s390: make
command line configurable") went upstream.

Commit 622021cd6c560ce7 ("s390: make command line configurable"),
I assume?



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