[U-Boot] [PATCH] fs: add fs_readdir()

Simon Glass sjg at chromium.org
Sun Aug 6 05:16:36 UTC 2017

Hi Rob,

On 3 August 2017 at 13:36, Rob Clark <robdclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 3:10 PM, BrĂ¼ns, Stefan
> <Stefan.Bruens at rwth-aachen.de> wrote:
>> On Donnerstag, 3. August 2017 18:54:30 CEST Rob Clark wrote:
>>> Needed to support efi file protocol.  The fallback.efi loader wants
>>> to be able to read the contents of the /EFI directory to find an OS
>>> to boot.
>>> Currently only implemented for FAT, but that is all that UEFI is
>>> required to support.
>>> Signed-off-by: Rob Clark <robdclark at gmail.com>
>>> ---
>>>  fs/fat/fat.c  | 59
>>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------------- fs/fs.c       |
>>> 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>  include/fat.h |  4 +++-
>>>  include/fs.h  | 21 +++++++++++++++++++++
>>>  4 files changed, 95 insertions(+), 14 deletions(-)
>> NAK
>> 1. The current code is already much to convoluted. Your changes add to this
>> significantly
> I agree with the first part of that statement, but not the second.
> The code is pretty awful, but apparently works for people, and I don't
> know (or have the time to learn) enough about FAT to do a massive
> re-write.
> I'll split this patch so we can add the interface without FAT
> implementation, and I'll just carry around the second part downstream.
>> 2. Your patch description neither references the exact part of the EFI
>> specification you want to support (which took me some time, for reference it
>> is "13.: Protocols - Media Access, 13.5: File Protocol"), nor are you
>> specifying the required semantics (which is "open", "read", "close", where
>> each read returns a single directory entry, similar to the POSIX opendir(),
>> readdir() calls.
> I can add a note in the commit message.. although I didn't really
> think it would be too relevant to this patch.  (More relevant to the
> patch which adds the efi_loader part, which depends on this patch.)
>> 3. Usage of an index too lookup the next entry is also quite convoluted.
>> 4. As far as I can see, your code will fail to find files in the root
>> directory (look for LS_ROOT).
> You could be right.. nothing ever traverses the root directory.
>> I think it would be much better to first restructure the current code to use
>> an readdir like interface internally, and then do everything EFI needs on top.
> tbh, it would be nice even to implement fs_ls() generically on top of
> readdir().. although I didn't do that since it would be slower
> (without a re-write of FAT implementation, since we currently have to
> re-traverse things for each readdir()).
> BR,
> -R
>> This would get rid of the 4 almost identical copies to print the current
>> directory entry (dols == LS_ROOT || dols == LS_YES), 2 copies of the remaining
>> directory traversal and and also avoid the bug in (4.).
>> Kind regards,
>> Stefan

How can we get some tests for this code? We have fs-tests.sh - perhaps
we should build on that? If it helps I could bring that into the
pytest framework and you could take it from there?

With tests we at least have the possibility of refactoring later.


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