Re: [PATCH] net: mdio-gpio: support access that may sleep

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Fri Apr 24 2015 - 13:38:03 EST

On 24/04/15 10:25, Sergei Shtylyov wrote:
> On 04/24/2015 06:56 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>>>> Some systems using mdio-gpio may use gpio on message based busses,
>>>> which
>>>> require sleeping (e.g. gpio from an I2C I/O expander).
>>>> Since this driver does not use IRQ handler, it is safe to use the
>>>> _cansleep suffixed gpio accessors.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Vivien Didelot <vivien.didelot@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Since this is down underneath the layer of an MII bus, you cannot
>>> universally say that these routines are always called in a sleepable
>>> context.
>>> The PHY layer, and the driver itself above that, might call these
>>> routines from timers, interruptes etc.
>> The PHY library calls these routines from its state machine workqueue
>> for that reason, or from process context (when invoked via ethtool
>> ioctl). The only special case is phy_mac_interrupt() which is callable
>> from interrupt context,
> It is not (as we have discussed recently) -- cancel_work_sync() may
> sleep.

True, but that does not invalidate my comment, I meant to write that
this is the only function that you *might* potentially want to call from
interrupt context, and yet it does not trigger low-level I/O accesses to
the underlying MDIO bus, but instead uses the PHY library state machine
workqueue to do that.

Thanks for the reminder though, that needs fixing ;)
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