Re: [PATCH v2] dgnc: Don't save boards in memory that have failed to initialize

From: Giedrius StatkeviÄius
Date: Fri Mar 13 2015 - 16:07:14 EST

Hi Greg,

On 2015.03.12 12:08, Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 09, 2015 at 06:29:38PM +0200, Giedrius StatkeviÄius wrote:
>> Remove BOARD_FAILED and don't save dgnc_boards which failed to
>> initialize.
>> Assign the result of kzalloc() to brd in dgnc_found_board() and only put
>> it in the dgnc_Board[] if it successfully initializes. Also, remove
>> BOARD_FAILED enum and all ifs that check for it. Finally, remove one
>> final place where state was set to BOARD_FAILED which was even redundant
>> before this patch.
>> Signed-off-by: Giedrius StatkeviÄius <giedrius.statkevicius@xxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> v2: Remove "brd = dgnc_Board[dgnc_NumBoards];" line which I forgot to do
>> in the first version
>> drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.c | 20 ++------------------
>> drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.h | 3 +--
>> drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_mgmt.c | 5 +----
>> drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_tty.c | 8 --------
>> 4 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 32 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.c b/drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.c
>> index fa1ee79..075727d 100644
>> --- a/drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.c
>> +++ b/drivers/staging/dgnc/dgnc_driver.c
>> @@ -401,8 +401,7 @@ static int dgnc_found_board(struct pci_dev *pdev, int id)
>> unsigned long flags;
>> /* get the board structure and prep it */
>> - dgnc_Board[dgnc_NumBoards] = kzalloc(sizeof(*brd), GFP_KERNEL);
>> - brd = dgnc_Board[dgnc_NumBoards];
>> + brd = kzalloc(sizeof(*brd), GFP_KERNEL);
> You've done a great job here, but...
> Yeah, sorry...
> I really want to see this whole "static list of boards/cards" go away.
> There should not be any need for that in any in-kernel driver. Your
> patch here is a sign that things are really wrong with this whole static
> array mess.
> So could you do that instead? I don't want to take patches around this
> whole "board state" mess anymore, as it should all not be needed at all.
> If you need pointers on what needs to be done here, just let me know.
> thanks,
> greg k-h

The only thing I thought of that is relevant is that the one big
file/ioctl that handles getting info of any board could be split into
many and each could return information about that own board
(DIGI_GET_NI_INFO => get non-intelligent state info and DIGI_GETBD =>
get board info). The last ioctl that returns number of boards could be
deduced from special files (of each board) in the system.

I don't know how we can avoid a list of boards because we create sysfs
files for each board, register each board with tty core and poll all the
boards each 20ms.

Could you elaborate more, give some more info?

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