[PATCH/RESEND 9/9] drm/tilcdc: replace late_initcall with module_init

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Wed Jun 25 07:46:36 PDT 2014

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:32:46AM -0300, Ezequiel García wrote:
> (Ccing Guido back)
> Hello Russell, Darren,
> On 25 Jun 02:00 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 05:04:36PM -0500, Darren Etheridge wrote:
> > > If I recall, the late_initcall stuff was done to try and make sure the  
> > > tda998x/i2c subsystem came up before tilcdc.
> That doesn't make any sense. Using late_initcall for the tilcdc DRM
> driver would make the tilcdc DRM get probed before any other regular
> module_init driver, including the tda998x encoder.

A module_init() is a device_initcall(), which is at level 6.  A
late_initcall() is at level 7.  Level 6 initcalls are run before level
7 initcalls.  The tda998x is a module_init(), so the tda998x gets
initialised *before* tilcdc's late_initcall().

Now, if you build everything as a module, then you have no initialisation
ordering, and you can't rely on any kind of order.  Initialisation
functions can even run in parallel on different CPUs due to modules being
loaded from userspace in a multi-threaded way.  So anything which relies
on a certain initcall ordering is fundamentally broken if it can be

> > There's a solution to that...
> A solution to *what* ?

Maybe if you left the context above that line in place, you might
understand that my "that" refers to what was discussed in that
context.  That being the initialisation ordering.

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