Re: [PATCH 1/2] serial: samsung: Move uart_register_driver call todevice probe

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 16:32:24 EST

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 01:16:01PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:05:30AM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 02:32:34PM +0530, Tushar Behera wrote:
> > > uart_register_driver call binds the driver to a specific device
> > > node through tty_register_driver call. This should typically happen
> > > during device probe call.
> > >
> > > In a multiplatform scenario, it is possible that multiple serial
> > > drivers are part of the kernel. Currently the driver registration fails
> > > if multiple serial drivers with same default major/minor numbers are
> > > included in the kernel.
> > >
> > > A typical case is observed with amba-pl011 and samsung-uart drivers.
> >
> > The samsung-uart driver is at fault here - the major/minor numbers were
> > officially registered to amba-pl011. Samsung needs to be fixed properly.
> I agree, the Samsung driver is "broken" here, but that's no reason why
> these two drivers can't register with the tty layer _after_ the hardware
> is detected, and not before.
> That saves resources on systems that build the drivers in, yet do not
> have the hardware present, which is always a good thing.

Great, so what you're saying is that we need to wait until the first
device calls into the probe function. What about removal... how does
a driver know when it's last device has been removed to de-register

I guess it needs the driver model to provide some way to know when a
driver is completely unbound - but isn't that racy?

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