Re: [PATCH v1 5/5] driver core: Set fw_devlink=on by default

From: Saravana Kannan
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 - 16:11:22 EST

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 3:01 PM Michael Walle <michael@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Saravana, again ;)

Hi again! :)

> > Cyclic dependencies in some firmware was one of the last remaining
> > reasons fw_devlink=on couldn't be set by default. Now that cyclic
> > dependencies don't block probing, set fw_devlink=on by default.
> >
> > Setting fw_devlink=on by default brings a bunch of benefits (currently,
> > only for systems with device tree firmware):
> > * Significantly cuts down deferred probes.
> > * Device probe is effectively attempted in graph order.
> > * Makes it much easier to load drivers as modules without having to
> > worry about functional dependencies between modules (depmod is still
> > needed for symbol dependencies).
> >
> > If this patch prevents some devices from probing, it's very likely due
> > to the system having one or more device drivers that "probe"/set up a
> > device (DT node with compatible property) without creating a struct
> > device for it. If we hit such cases, the device drivers need to be
> > fixed so that they populate struct devices and probe them like normal
> > device drivers so that the driver core is aware of the devices and their
> > status. See [1] for an example of such a case.
> >
> > [1] -
> > Signed-off-by: Saravana Kannan <saravanak@xxxxxxxxxx>
> This breaks (at least) probing of the PCIe controllers of my board. The
> driver in question is
> drivers/pci/controller/dwc/pci-layerscape.c
> I've also put the maintainers of this driver on CC. Looks like it uses a
> proper struct device. But it uses builtin_platform_driver_probe() and
> apparently it waits for the iommu which uses module_platform_driver().
> Dunno if that will work together.

Yeah, the builtin vs module doesn't matter. I've had fw_devlink work
multiple times with the consumer driver being built in and the
supplier actually loaded as a module. Making that work is one of the
goals of fw_devlink.

> The board device tree can be found here:
> arch/arm64/boot/dts/freescale/fsl-ls1028a-kontron-sl28-var3-ads2.dts
> Attached is the log with enabled "probe deferral" messages enabled.

I took a look at the logs. As you said, pci seems to be waiting on
iommu, but it's not clear why the iommu didn't probe by then. Can you
add initcall_debug=1 and enable the logs in device_link_add()? Btw, I
realize one compromise on the logs is to send them as an attachment
instead of inline. That way, it's still archived in the list, but I
don't have to deal with log lines getting wrapped, etc.

Thanks for reporting the issues. Also, could you try picking up all of
these changes and giving it a shot. It's unlikely to help, but I want
to rule out issues related to fixes in progress.