[PATCH v3 1/4] pwm: Add support for Meson PWM Controller

Neil Armstrong narmstrong at baylibre.com
Tue Sep 6 02:14:45 PDT 2016

On 09/06/2016 11:07 AM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 06, 2016 at 10:36:49AM +0200, Neil Armstrong wrote:
>> Hi Thierry,
>> The second bug is in probe(), I understand the point to allocate
>> dynamically the channels and attach them to each pwm chip, but when
>> calling meson_pwm_init_channels() we get an OOPS because
>> meson->chip.pwms[i] are allocated in pwmchip_add(). Moving
>> meson_pwm_init_channels() would fix this, but in case of a clk
>> PROBE_DEFER, we would need to remove back the pwmchip, which is a
>> quite a bad design decision....
> Ah yes... that one again. I remember running into that a while ago with
> some other driver. To be honest, I think that's a short-coming of the
> PWM subsystem and the fix would be for PWM chip registration to be split
> into two parts: pwm_chip_init() and pwm_chip_add(). That way, a chip
> would be initialized using pwm_chip_init() where the pwms array would be
> allocated, and pwm_chip_add() would register the chip with the system.
> Currently a few drivers might be vulnerable to a race condition between
> registration and implementation (i.e. PWM channels aren't fully set up
> when they are exposed to users and sysfs).
>> The smartest fix I found was to allocate channels in probe, init them
>> them attach them after pwmchip_add():

> That's the race I was talking about above. I suppose it's not too big an
> issue since other drivers seem to manage, so I'm going to merge your
> fixed driver.

ok thanks !

> Unless you feel like taking a stab at the pwm_chip_init()/pwm_chip_add()
> split, in which case your driver would be the first to be race-free. =)

Having he driver upstream is a priority, but having it completely race-free would be great!
I'll be happy to collaborate to a race-free pwmchip probe somehow !

But there is still a glitch, when pwmadd_chip() returns, pwm_get_chip_data(pwm) will still
return crap until meson_pwm_add_channels_data() is called in the following instructions...

The pwm_chip_init()/pwm_chip_add() would be the only solution !

> Thierry


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