Re: [RFC PATCH 00/16] Refine PCI host bridge scan interfaces
From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 - 07:29:06 EST
On Tuesday 18 November 2014 20:17:57 Yijing Wang wrote:
> >> I hope platforms with ACPI or DT could both use pci_create_host_bridge().
> >> Why we need to use two different ways to process it ?
> > These are completely different use cases:
> > a) For DT, we want loadable device drivers that start by probing a host
> > bridge device which was added through the DT platform code. The
> > driver is self-contained, and eventually we want to be able to unload
> > it. We have lots of different per-soc drivers that require different
> > quirks
> > b) For ACPI, the interface is defined in the ACPI spec across architectures
> > and SoCs, we don't have host bridge drivers and the code that initializes
> > the PCI is required early during boot and called from architecture
> > code. There is no parent device, as ACPI sees PCI as a fundamental building
> > block by itself, and there are no drivers because the firmware does
> > the initial hardware setup, so we only have to access the config space.
> Hmmm, I'm a little confused, so why you think ACPI host driver should not use
> pci_create_host_bridge(), because ACPI PCI driver has no parent device ?
It's one of the difference. Having a parent device can certainly make your
life simpler, since you have devm_kzalloc(), dev_info(), etc. Coming from
the other end, I think ACPI needs PCI to be available during early boot,
at a time where we might not want pci_create_host_bridge() to do the
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