[PATCH v6 21/22] driver core: Start processing deferred probes earlier
robherring2 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 19:49:38 PDT 2015
On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 6:52 PM, Frank Rowand <frowand.list at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/21/2015 7:03 AM, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
>> Some initcalls in the late level assume that some devices will have
>> already probed without explicitly checking for that.
>> After the recent move to defer most device probes when they are
>> registered, pressure increased in the late initcall level.
>> By starting the processing of the deferred queue in device_initcall_sync
>> we increase the chances that the initcalls mentioned before will find
>> the devices they depend on to have already probed.
>> Signed-off-by: Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu.vizoso at collabora.com>
>> Changes in v4:
>> - Start processing deferred probes in device_initcall_sync
>> drivers/base/dd.c | 4 ++--
>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/drivers/base/dd.c b/drivers/base/dd.c
>> index 269ea76c1a4f..f0ef9233fcd6 100644
>> --- a/drivers/base/dd.c
>> +++ b/drivers/base/dd.c
>> @@ -176,7 +176,7 @@ static void driver_deferred_probe_trigger(void)
>> * We don't want to get in the way when the bulk of drivers are getting probed.
>> * Instead, this initcall makes sure that deferred probing is delayed until
>> - * late_initcall time.
>> + * device_initcall_sync time.
> This is a misuse of the *_sync initcall level.
> If a deferred probe created a thread and expected a wait at the
> following *_sync level then the wait would not occur because
> there is no subsequent *_sync level. This is not a problem today
> because (as far as I know) there are no threads in the probe
> functions. But there has been interest in adding parallel
> probing and that could expose this problem.
> The purpose of the *_sync initcall levels is to allow the corresponding
> initcall level to use multiple threads of execution instead of a single
> thread. The *_sync level provides a location for a wait for all of the
> threads at the corresponding init level to complete. This is better
> explained in the git log:
The things I was worried about like clk and regulator disabling are
actually late_initcall_sync, so maybe late_initcall is fine here after
However, looking at other *_initcall_sync users, I'm not so sure they
are doing the same abuse.
> commit 735a7ffb739b6efeaeb1e720306ba308eaaeb20e
> Author: Andrew Morton <akpm at osdl.org>
> Date: Fri Oct 27 11:42:37 2006 -0700
> [PATCH] drivers: wait for threaded probes between initcall levels
> The multithreaded-probing code has a problem: after one initcall level (eg,
> core_initcall) has been processed, we will then start processing the next
> level (postcore_initcall) while the kernel threads which are handling
> core_initcall are still executing. This breaks the guarantees which the
> layered initcalls previously gave us.
> IOW, we want to be multithreaded _within_ an initcall level, but not between
> different levels.
> Fix that up by causing the probing code to wait for all outstanding probes at
> one level to complete before we start processing the next level.
>> static int deferred_probe_initcall(void)
>> @@ -190,7 +190,7 @@ static int deferred_probe_initcall(void)
>> return 0;
>> static void driver_bound(struct device *dev)
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