[PATCH] serial: 8250: Make ISA ports optional

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Tue Jan 6 11:43:37 PST 2015

On Tuesday 06 January 2015 09:32:02 Peter Hurley wrote:
> On 01/06/2015 08:13 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Monday 05 January 2015 22:09:45 Peter Hurley wrote:
> >> Some arches have no need to create unprobed 8250 ports; these phantom
> >> ports are primarily required for ISA ports which have no probe
> >> mechanism or to provide non-operational ports for userspace to
> >> configure (via TIOCSSERIAL and TIOCSERCONFIG ioctls).
> >>
> >> Provide CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_PHANTOM_UARTS knob to disable phantom port
> >> registration; ie., CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_PHANTOM_UARTS=N only registers
> >> probed ports (ACPI/PNP, "serial8250" platform devices, PCI, etc).
> >>
> >> Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy at linutronix.de>
> >> Cc: Tony Lindgren <tony at atomide.com>
> >> Cc: Grant Likely <grant.likely at linaro.org>
> >> Cc: Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de>
> >> Signed-off-by: Peter Hurley <peter at hurleysoftware.com>
> > 
> > The intent is definitely right, but I think a better approach is
> > possible.
> > 
> > I haven't tried it here, but how about moving the serial8250_init
> > function into a separate module, along with all the other parts
> > that are only used for ISA devices, but leaving the actual core
> > (all exported symbols) in this file?
> Unfortunately, I don't see a way to remove the stacked initialization
> without risking tons of breakage.
> Since later probes can "find" an already-existing port and
> re-initialize it, the probe order is crucial. For example, a PCI
> probe can "find" an existing "serial8250" platform device port,
> resulting in only one device node.

I'm probably missing something important, by why would that
be any different if the PCI driver gets loaded first and the
ISA driver second?

> And the configuration knob will be required on all arches anyway because
> that's how user-configurable device nodes are created.

I think that's fine: The user-configurable ports are the same as
the "ISA" or "phantom" ports we were talking about above, right?

If those are part of a separate (possibly loadable) module, having
a configuration knob is the obvious way to do it. A lot of architectures
can just turn it off because they know exactly which ports are present
and there is no need for user-configurability. The ones that don't know
can load the module.

> > At the same time, the serial8250_pnp_init/serial8250_pnp_exit calls
> > can be removed from the serial8250_init function and become
> > standalone initcalls.
> PNP probe must occur before the phantom ports are registered.
> See commit 835d844d1a28efba81d5aca7385e24c29d3a6db2
> ("8250_pnp: do pnp probe before legacy probe").

Makes sense.


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