Re: [RFC v1 0/3] driver-core: add asynch module loading support

From: Greg KH
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 - 15:31:58 EST

On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:24:46PM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> >>before we added the current async approach the approach of async init calls was tried
> >>At the time, Linus hated it and he was right, it was not the right thing.
> >>
> >>What is different this time to make this the right thing to do ?
> >
> >Because otherwise drivers still have to do this, but open code it. Let's say I
> >have a long operations (i.e. for some touchpads it takes about 2 secs to reset
> >and configure it). I can offload that part into async_schedule() so it does not
> >stop initialization of the rest of the system (why would I want to delay
> >initializing of USB or storage system until touchpad is ready?) but if that
> >initialization fails we end up with partially bound driver and device that is
> >not really operable. I would very much prefer async and sync cases be the same
> >- if probe() fails the driver is not bound to the device.
> >
> >I think it is wrong to make async probing system-wide, but driver opt-in shoudl
> >be fine and right thing to do.
> >
> I am completely fine if we make basically an async wrapper for
> pci_register_driver() and friends.. that would be convenient I suppose.
> (but then again, in reality very few drivers take real time to init... most already
> do the heavy work in open(). Not all can, sure, but if you look at a
> graph of a typical boot it's only a few that matter).
> And many drivers need to register with a subsystem, and there's some ordering around that,
> and that's why we ended up with the async cookie stuff, so that you can do the
> heavy work in parallel, but order near the end at registeration-with-the-subsystem time.
> But doing this on an initcall level was wrong back then, and I have yet to hear
> a reason why it would be right this time.

It's still wrong, it's not what I was thinking about when talking this
over with Luis and Dmitry, I think something got lost in the


greg k-h
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