Re: [PATCH] of: base: upgrade initcall level of of_init from core to pure

From: Rob Herring
Date: Wed May 13 2015 - 09:47:19 EST

On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 5:03 AM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 12/05/15 23:55, Rob Herring wrote:
>> On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 12:38 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@xxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>> Commit 5590f3196b29 ("drivers/core/of: Add symlink to device-tree from
>>> devices with an OF node") adds the symlink `of_node` for each device
>>> pointing to it's device tree node while creating/initialising it.
>>> However the devicetree sysfs is created and setup in of_init which is
>>> executed at core_initcall level. For all the devices created at the core
>>> initcall before of_init, the following error is thrown:
>>> "Error -2(-ENOENT) creating of_node link"
>> What devices have you seen the problem with? I'd rather see if those
>> devices could now be moved later.
> Yes that's exactly what I attempted first after seeing the issue, but
> failed miserably due to the dependency mentioned below.
> It's on vexpress platforms with the following initcall sequence:
> 1. core - vexpress system control registers block(sysreg)
> 2. postcore - vexpress configuration controllers(config-bridge)
> 3. arch - customize_machine->of_platform_populate

I'd argue we should move this later, but that's a big hammer.

> of_platform_populate creates amba_devices which need clocks and
> depend on the vexpress-config and clocks which in turn depends on
> vexpress-sysreg

Personally, I think all this stuff is overly complicated and perhaps
too much stuff in DT. vexpress-config and vexpress-sysreq are tightly
coupled and perhaps should be handled with 1 driver. Also, calling
vexpress-config a bus is a bit of an abuse.

> I would like to know if with commit 5590f3196b29 are we mandating
> all the device creation to be done only after core_initcall or
> is it OK get the errors mentioned above and ignore them as harmless
> as the comment in the code states:
> "An error here doesn't warrant bringing down the device"

I don't think it really changed with that commit, but there has to be
some mechanism for core/infrastructure to initialize before

>>> Since the core_initcall is the earliest point where devices get
>>> registered, push initcall level of of_init from core to pure so that
>>> the devicetree sysfs is ready before any devices are registered.
>> Read the definition of pure:
>> * A "pure" initcall has no dependencies on anything else, and purely
>> * initializes variables that couldn't be statically initialized.
> Yes I read and was bit hesitant initially to do this change, but found
> no better way. I posted mainly to discuss other possibilities to solve
> the issue.

Perhaps of_init should not be an initcall at all and it should go into

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