[RFC PATCH 00/16] Refine PCI host bridge scan interfaces

Tomasz Nowicki tomasz.nowicki at linaro.org
Thu Nov 20 04:01:08 PST 2014

On 18.11.2014 13:27, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Tuesday 18 November 2014 20:17:57 Yijing Wang wrote:
>>>> I hope platforms with ACPI or DT could both use pci_create_host_bridge().
>>>> Why we need to use two different ways to process it ?
>>> These are completely different use cases:
>>> a) For DT, we want loadable device drivers that start by probing a host
>>>     bridge device which was added through the DT platform code. The
>>>     driver is self-contained, and eventually we want to be able to unload
>>>     it. We have lots of different per-soc drivers that require different
>>>     quirks
>>> b) For ACPI, the interface is defined in the ACPI spec across architectures
>>>     and SoCs, we don't have host bridge drivers and the code that initializes
>>>     the PCI is required early during boot and called from architecture
>>>     code. There is no parent device, as ACPI sees PCI as a fundamental building
>>>     block by itself, and there are no drivers because the firmware does
>>>     the initial hardware setup, so we only have to access the config space.
>> Hmmm, I'm a little confused, so why you think ACPI host driver should not use
>> pci_create_host_bridge(), because ACPI PCI driver has no parent device ?
> It's one of the difference. Having a parent device can certainly make your
> life simpler, since you have devm_kzalloc(), dev_info(), etc. Coming from
> the other end, I think ACPI needs PCI to be available during early boot,
> at a time where we might not want pci_create_host_bridge() to do the
> right thing.

Device pointer is not required for ACPI, struct acpi_device is all we 
need to get all that info. If pci_create_host_bridge() would be DT 
specific, it would be nice to have sth similar for ACPI but that is out 
of this patch set scope.


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