Re: [RFD] Functional dependencies between devices

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Fri Oct 30 2015 - 21:54:51 EST

On Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:31:08 AM Alan Stern wrote:
> Good grief, don't you guys ever trim unwanted material from your
> emails? I had to erase more than 4 screens worth of useless stuff
> before getting to the relevant portions.
> On Thu, 29 Oct 2015, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> > >> Also, have you considered that not only drivers request resources? For
> > >> example, the on-demand probing series would probe a device that is
> > >> needed by an initcall, simplifying synchronization.
> Did Rafael ever say that only drivers could create these functional
> dependencies? I don't recall seeing that anywhere. Presumably any
> part of the kernel will be allowed to do it.


> > > You really need to explain what you mean here or maybe give an example.
> >
> > There are initcalls that assume that a given resource is available.
> > Because of async probes, or because the resource's driver being built
> > as a module, or because the resource's driver gained a dependency
> > (direct or not), those initcalls break unexpectedly at times.

Well, I'm still unsure what initcalls are in question here.

> > If resource getters could probe dependencies on-demand, those
> > initcalls would be more robust to changes in other parts of the
> > codebase.
> >
> > AFAIUI, your proposal would help with a device's dependencies being
> > there when it's probed, but initcalls could still run into unfulfilled
> > dependencies.
> One possible approach is to have a "wait_for_driver" flag, along with a
> timeout value (or perhaps using a fixed timeout value). When a
> dependency gets registered with this flag set, the function call
> wouldn't return until the target device is bound to a driver or the
> timeout has elapsed.
> This would make it easy to insert dependencies at probe time without
> relying on deferred probing.

I'm not sure about this to be honest. It seems like implementing it might
be sort of tricky.


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