Re: [PATCH 13/13] driver-core: probe dependencies before probing

From: Mark Brown
Date: Wed Jun 17 2015 - 14:18:13 EST

On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 03:42:23PM +0200, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> Before actually probing a device, find out what dependencies it has and
> do our best to ensure that they are available at this point.

> This is accomplished by finding out what platform devices need to be
> probed so the dependencies are available.

...and then trying to probe them first.

> If any dependencies are still unavailable after that (most probably a
> missing driver or an error in the HW description from the firmware), we
> print a nice error message so that people don't have to add a zillion of
> printks to find out why a device asked for its probe to be deferred.

So, I think I like this approach though I've not done a full pass
through and I'm not sure how expensive it gets (there's definitely room
for optimisation as the patch notes). I'm not 100% sure I see what
prints this error message you're referring to (I'm just seeing debug

> +static struct fwnode_handle *get_enclosing_platform_dev(
> + struct fwnode_handle *fwnode)

Only platform devices?

> +static void check_dependencies_per_class(struct class *class, void *data)
> +{
> + struct fwnode_handle *fwnode = data;
> + struct list_head *deps;
> + struct fwnode_dependency *dep, *tmp;
> +
> + if (!class->get_dependencies)
> + return;
> +
> + deps = class->get_dependencies(fwnode);
> + if (!deps)
> + return;
> +
> + list_for_each_entry_safe(dep, tmp, deps, dependency) {
> + if (!check_dependency(dep->fwnode))
> + pr_debug("Dependency '%s' not available\n",
> + fwnode_get_name(dep->fwnode));
> +
> + list_del(&dep->dependency);
> + kfree(dep);
> + }
> +
> + kfree(deps);

OK, so the caller is responsible for freeing everything and the class
must allocate - this definitely suggests that

I'm not sure there's any benefit in having deps be dynamically allocated
here, just put it on the stack and iterate through the list - the
iteration is going to be cheap if we get nothing back (probably the
common case) and probably cheaper than the alloc/free.

One thing here is that I was under the impression classes were supposed
to be going away...

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