Re: [PATCH v3 1/2] driver core: Rework logic in __driver_deferred_probe_check_state to allow EPROBE_DEFER to be returned for longer

From: Andy Shevchenko
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 - 05:09:53 EST

On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 7:29 AM Saravana Kannan <saravanak@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 4:07 PM John Stultz wrote:
> > Due to commit e01afc3250255 ("PM / Domains: Stop deferring probe
> > at the end of initcall"), along with commit 25b4e70dcce9
> > ("driver core: allow stopping deferred probe after init") after
> > late_initcall, drivers will stop getting EPROBE_DEFER, and
> > instead see an error causing the driver to fail to load.
> Both of those patches were the best solution at that point in time. But
> the kernel has changed a lot since then. Power domain and IOMMU drivers
> can work as modules now. We have of_devlink and sync_state().
> So, while a delay might have been the ideal solution back then, I think
> we need to work towards removing arbitrary timeouts instead of making
> the timeout mechanism more elaborate.
> I think driver_deferred_probe_check_state() logic should boiled down
> to something like:


> Once we add of_devlink support for power-domains, you won't even hit the
> genpd error path if you have of_devlink enabled. I believe in the case
> you are testing DB 845c, of_devlink is enabled?
> If of_devlink is enabled, the devices depending on the unprobed power
> domains would be deferred without even calling the driver's probe()
> function.
> Adding power-domain support to of_devlink is a 2 line change. I'll send
> it out soon.


Pardon me for not knowing the OF and devlink stuff in particular, but
have you had a chance to test your changes on some (rather complex)
ACPI enabled platforms?
Would it have any complications there?

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko