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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/22] On-demand device probing
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On 09/08/2015 02:30 AM, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> On 7 September 2015 at 22:50, Rob Herring <robherring2@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 7:23 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu.vizoso@collabora.com> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I have a problem with the panel on my Tegra Chromebook taking longer
>>> than expected to be ready during boot (Stéphane Marchesin reported what
>>> is basically the same issue in [0]), and have looked into ordered
>>> probing as a better way of solving this than moving nodes around in the
>>> DT or playing with initcall levels and linking order.
>>>
>>> While reading the thread [1] that Alexander Holler started with his
>>> series to make probing order deterministic, it occurred to me that it
>>> should be possible to achieve the same by probing devices as they are
>>> referenced by other devices.
>>>
>>> This basically reuses the information that is already implicit in the
>>> probe() implementations, saving us from refactoring existing drivers or
>>> adding information to DTBs.
>>>
>>> During review of v1 of this series Linus Walleij suggested that it
>>> should be the device driver core to make sure that dependencies are
>>> ready before probing a device. I gave this idea a try [2] but Mark Brown
>>> pointed out to the logic duplication between the resource acquisition
>>> and dependency discovery code paths (though I think it's fairly minor).
>>>
>>> To address that code duplication I experimented with Arnd's devm_probe
>>> [3] concept of having drivers declare their dependencies instead of
>>> acquiring them during probe, and while it worked [4], I don't think we
>>> end up winning anything when compared to just probing devices on-demand
>>> from resource getters.
>>>
>>> One remaining objection is to the "sprinkling" of calls to
>>> of_device_probe() in the resource getters of each subsystem, but I think
>>> it's the right thing to do given that the storage of resources is
>>> currently subsystem-specific.
>>>
>>> We could avoid the above by moving resource storage into the core, but I
>>> don't think there's a compelling case for that.
>>>
>>> I have tested this on boards with Tegra, iMX.6, Exynos, Rockchip and
>>> OMAP SoCs, and these patches were enough to eliminate all the deferred
>>> probes (except one in PandaBoard because omap_dma_system doesn't have a
>>> firmware node as of yet).
>>>
>>> Have submitted a branch [5] with only these patches on top of thursday's
>>> linux-next to kernelci.org and I don't see any issues that could be
>>> caused by them. For some reason it currently has more passes than the
>>> version of -next it's based on!
>>>
>>> With this series I get the kernel to output to the panel in 0.5s,
>>> instead of 2.8s.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Tomeu
>>>
>>> [0] http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2014-August/066527.html
>>>
>>> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/5/12/452
>>>
>>> [2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/6/17/305
>>>
>>> [3] http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.ports.arm.kernel/277689
>>>
>>> [4] https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/7/21/441a
>>>
>>> [5] https://git.collabora.com/cgit/user/tomeu/linux.git/log/?h=on-demand-probes-v6
>>>
>>> [6] http://kernelci.org/boot/all/job/collabora/kernel/v4.2-11902-g25d80c927f8b/
>>>
>>> [7] http://kernelci.org/boot/all/job/next/kernel/next-20150903/
>>>
>>> Changes in v4:
>>> - Added bus.pre_probe callback so the probes of Primecell devices can be
>>> deferred if their device IDs cannot be yet read because of the clock
>>> driver not having probed when they are registered. Maybe this goes
>>> overboard and the matching information should be in the DT if there is
>>> one.
>>
>> Seems overboard to me or at least a separate problem.
>
> It's a separate problem but this was preventing the series from
> working on a few boards.

What is the failure? Not booting? Fixing not working would certainly not
be overboard.

>
>> Most clocks have
>> to be setup before the driver model simply because timers depend on
>> clocks usually.
>
> Yes, but in this case the apb clocks for the primecell devices are
> implemented in a normal platform driver (vexpress_osc_driver), instead
> of using CLK_OF_DECLARE.

Okay.

Rob



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