Re: [PATCH v2 4/4] watchdog: jz4740: Make probe function __init_or_module

From: Christophe Leroy
Date: Tue Jun 11 2019 - 01:21:06 EST

Hi Paul,

Le 08/06/2019 Ã 11:57, Paul Cercueil a ÃcritÂ:
Hi Christophe,

Le sam. 8 juin 2019 Ã 9:51, Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx> a Ãcrit :
Hi Paul,

Le 07/06/2019 Ã 18:24, Paul Cercueil a Ãcrit :
This allows the probe function to be dropped after the kernel finished
its initialization, in the case where the driver was not compiled as a

I'm not sure that's what __init_or_module flag does.

As far as I understand, this flag makes the function being dropped only when the kernel is built without modules support, ie without CONFIG_MODULES. See

So it doesn't depend on the driver being built-in or compiled as a module?

No it doesn't. This flag is for built-in functions that are needed by init and modules init. If the kernel doesn't support modules, it can drop the function after init. If the kernel supports modules, it has to keep the function. That's what this flag is made for.

If your need is to mark a function so that it gets discarded after init or module init, just mark it __init. If it is built in, it will be dropped after init. If it is in a module, it will be dropped after the module is initialised.

In addition, I'm not sure you can simply define a probe function as __init. What if someone tries to unbind and rebind the device through sysfs for instance ?

Ouch. I feel stupid now.

It seems there is a special function called __platform_driver_probe() for registering devices when the probe function is to be in __init, see

Yes, but only usable by drivers that won't defer probe, and it removes the bind/unbind attributes from sysfs,
so it shouldn't be used for non-critical drivers, I think.

I guess it would make sense for watchdog drivers, we don't expect this kind of driver to be unbinded, do we ?



Signed-off-by: Paul Cercueil <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

ÂÂÂÂ v2: New patch

 drivers/watchdog/jz4740_wdt.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/watchdog/jz4740_wdt.c b/drivers/watchdog/jz4740_wdt.c
index 7519d80c5d05..2061788c1939 100644
--- a/drivers/watchdog/jz4740_wdt.c
+++ b/drivers/watchdog/jz4740_wdt.c
@@ -157,7 +157,7 @@ static const struct of_device_id jz4740_wdt_of_matches[] = {
 MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE(of, jz4740_wdt_of_matches);
 -static int jz4740_wdt_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
+static int __init_or_module jz4740_wdt_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
ÂÂÂÂÂ struct device *dev = &pdev->dev;
ÂÂÂÂÂ struct jz4740_wdt_drvdata *drvdata;