Re: [PATCH 5/8] staging: vme: add functions for bridge module refcounting

From: Martyn Welch
Date: Wed Aug 10 2011 - 05:51:09 EST

On 10/08/11 10:15, Emilio G. Cota wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 08:39:07 +0100, Martyn Welch wrote:
>> And I think you need to go and do a grep of the code and find out where those
>> functions are actually used, rather than blindly relying on the comment.
> (snip)
>> Go grep the code.
> /me greps once again..
> RapidIO: there are no rapidIO drivers upstream, only switches
> and rionet, which does not manage RapidIO devices (it just sends
> Ethernet packets on top of RapidIO's messaging). So obviously
> there aren't any callers.

Yes there are. In rio-driver.c for a start:

* rio_device_probe - Tell if a RIO device structure has a matching RIO
device id structure
* @dev: the RIO device structure to match against
* return 0 and set rio_dev->driver when drv claims rio_dev, else error
static int rio_device_probe(struct device *dev)
struct rio_driver *rdrv = to_rio_driver(dev->driver);
struct rio_dev *rdev = to_rio_dev(dev);
int error = -ENODEV;
const struct rio_device_id *id;

if (!rdev->driver && rdrv->probe) {
if (!rdrv->id_table)
return error;
id = rio_match_device(rdrv->id_table, rdev);
if (id)
error = rdrv->probe(rdev, id);
if (error >= 0) {
rdev->driver = rdrv;
error = 0;
} else
return error;

Doing what Manohar suggested and I have agreed with.

> PCI: pci_dev_get() referenced in 60 files. Another way of
> explicitly incrementing the refcount of a pci device is with
> pci_get_device(), which searches in the device list for a
> particular one by its vendor/device ID. This function is
> referenced in 127 files.

Again, in pci-driver.c:

static int pci_device_probe(struct device * dev)
int error = 0;
struct pci_driver *drv;
struct pci_dev *pci_dev;

drv = to_pci_driver(dev->driver);
pci_dev = to_pci_dev(dev);
error = __pci_device_probe(drv, pci_dev);
if (error)

return error;

Again, doing as Manohar suggested.

For those drivers using pci_get_device() - P313 of the Linux Device Drivers
3rd Ed, under "Old-style PCI Probing". Not a mechanism currently supported for
the VME bus.

> USB: usb_get_dev() referenced in 75 files.

I've already explained that I don't think the USB bus is good for comparison
due to very real differences in bus topology and use.

> There are also lots of direct calls to get_device() from .probe
> methods of devices not tied to a particular bus.

Which may therefore have nothing to do with a bus.

> Guess that was enough grepping.

It seems not quite.

>> Suitable bug fixes are welcome.
> I sent a fix (as part of an admittedly large patchset) in
> Nov 2010[1], ie 9 months ago, you were sick at the time and
> told me you'd have a look at the changes later[2], which
> unfortunately never happened, even after pinging you off-list.

Some of those patches were applied:;a=history;f=drivers/staging/vme;hb=HEAD

The remaining patches completely changed the VME bus model. I said at the time
I wasn't overly happy with the model you had put forward. Take this as my review:

- I am not happy with the proposed alternative model.

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I'm afraid my TODO list sometimes
ends up acting as a stack rather than a FIFO.

> Anyway let's forget that, Manohar's patches are what matters now.

Will do.


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