[PATCH 1/2] tty: serial: remove __init on pl011 console ops

Haojian Zhuang haojian.zhuang at linaro.org
Wed Feb 6 07:31:34 EST 2013

On 6 February 2013 19:52, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at arm.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 06, 2013 at 07:47:14PM +0800, Haojian Zhuang wrote:
>> If uart driver is probed defer, console_setup will be called later
>> after __init && __initdata sections destroyed. And amba_console isn't
>> defined in __init or __initdata section. So we needn't define
>> pl011_console_setup() && pl011_console_get_options() in __init section.
> It sounds like there's a deeper problem here - if this driver being
> deferred, why isn't it being retried after the pinctrl stuff gets
> its driver registered?
> We've had bugs in this deferred probing before, I wouldn't be surprised
> if there's more... and we should not be "fixing" drivers because of bugs
> elsewhere.

It retried if driver is being deferred. But those console setup
functions are released
since they're declared in __init section.

   --> creates kernel_init thread that could free __init section memory

deferred_probe_initicall() creates a workqueue that is used to retry
deferred probe

I think that these two threads are competing.

Best Regards

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