Re: [RFC PATCH 0/9] dt: dependencies (for deterministic driver initialization order based on the DT)

From: Thierry Reding
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 - 05:39:40 EST

On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 02:19:19PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 08:19:00PM +0100, Alexander Holler wrote:
> > Am 21.08.2014 16:02, schrieb Thierry Reding:
> >
> > > Anyway, those are all fairly standard reasons for where deferred probe
> > > triggers, and since I do like deferred probe for it's simplicity and
> > > reliability I'd rather not try to work around it if boot time is all
> > > that people are concerned about.
> >
> > It's neither simple nor reliable. It's non deterministic brutforcing
> > while making it almost impossible to identify real errors.
> It's horrible, yes.
> > In my humble opinion the worst way to solve something. I'm pretty sure
> > if I would have suggest such a solution, the maintainer crowd would have
> > eaten me without cooking.
> We didn't have a better workable solution at the time.

You make it sound like we've come up with a better workable solution in
the meantime.

> Having a hack that got boards booting was considered better than not
> having them boot.
> I don't remember people being particularly enthralled by the idea.

Odd, I remember things quite differently.

Anyway, instead of going back and forth between "deferred probe is good"
and "deferred probe is bad", how about we do something useful now and
concentrate on how to make use of the information we have in DT with the
goal to reduce the number of cases where deferred probing is required?


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