Re: [RFC PATCH 1/2] serial: 8250: Add a notifier chain for driverregistration.

From: David Daney
Date: Thu Mar 17 2011 - 16:13:55 EST

On 03/17/2011 12:31 PM, Grant Likely wrote:
On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 07:24:41PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
If we did that, serial8250_probe() would automatically do the right thing.

Take a look at the way arch/powerpc/platforms/512x/pdm360ng.c uses a
notifier for amending a platform_device with additional data..

I tend to view arch specific embedded code as rather like very dubious
parties. What goes on in other peoples' house out of sight is none of my

The 8250 however is core code so it should keep its clothers on and behave
in a manner befitting its status.

What part of the problem can't be solved by doing it properly using the
device registration interfaces we have today ?

Device registration isn't the problem. The problem is supplying
machine-specific callbacks from the board support code to the
drivers. When devices are sourced from a device tree, it is easy to
get data about the device out of the tree, but it is really hard to
get callback pointers. To make it all work without this fiddling
about, the octeon serial_{in,out} implementation would need to be
rolled into of_serial.c (which FWIW, I have absolutely no problem

The only problem I have with that is that it ends up moving chip specific erratum workarounds into drivers/tty/serial instead of arch/mips/cavium-octeon.

I will think about this more.

David Daney
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