[dpdk-dev] [PATCH 07/10] eal: add core list input format

Thomas Monjalon thomas.monjalon at 6wind.com
Mon Nov 24 14:19:16 CET 2014

Hi Bruce and Neil,

2014-11-24 11:28, Bruce Richardson:
> On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 08:35:17PM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 10:43:39PM +0100, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> > > From: Didier Pallard <didier.pallard at 6wind.com>
> > > 
> > > In current version, used cores can only be specified using a bitmask.
> > > It will now be possible to specify cores in 2 different ways:
> > > - Using a bitmask (-c [0x]nnn): bitmask must be in hex format
> > > - Using a list in following format: -l <c1>[-c2][,c3[-c4],...]
> > > 
> > > The letter -l can stand for lcore or list.
> > > 
> > > -l 0-7,16-23,31 being equivalent to -c 0x80FF00FF
> > 
> > Do you want to burn an option letter on that?  It seems like it might be better
> > to search the string for 0x and base the selection of bitmap of list parsing
> > based on its presence or absence.

It was the initial proposal (in April):
And I liked keeping only 1 option;
But Anatoly raised the compatibility problem:
Then there was no other comment so Didier and I reworked a separate option. 

> The existing coremask parsing always assumes a hex coremask, so just looking
> for a 0x will not work. I prefer this scheme of using a new flag for this method
> of specifying the cores to use. 
> If you don't want to use up a single-letter option, two alternatives:
> 1) use a long option instead.
> 2) if the -c parameter includes a "-" or a ",", treat it as a new-style option,
> otherwise treat as old. The only abiguity here would be for specifying a single
> core value 1-9 e.g. is "-c 6" a mask with two bits, or a single-core to run on.
> [0 is obviously a named core as it's an invalid mask, and A-F are obviously
> masks.] If we did want this scheme, I would suggest that we allow trailing
> commas in the list specifier, so we can force users to clear ambiguity by
> either writing "0x6" or "6," i.e. disallow ambiguous values to avoid problems.
> However, this is probably more work that it's worth to avoid using up a letter
> option.
> I'd prefer any of these options to breaking backward compatibility in this case.

We need a consensus here.
Who is supporting a "burn" of an one-letter option with clear usage?
Who is supporting a "re-merge" of the 2 syntaxes with more complicated rules
(list syntax is triggered by presence of "-" or ",")? 

Please vote quickly.

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