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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/5] driver core: Functional dependencies tracking support
On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 1:59 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@kernel.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 4:43 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki <rafael@kernel.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@kernel.org> wrote:
>>> As clarified by Rafael at Plumbers, this functional dependencies
>>> framework assumes your driver / subsystem supports deferred probe,
>>
>> It isn't particularly clear what you mean by "support" here.
>
> I noted some folks had reported issues, and you acknowledged that if
> deferred probe was used in some drivers and if this created an issue
> the same issue would be seen with this framework. AFAICT there are two
> possible issues to consider:
>
> 1) the one Geert Uytterhoeven noted. Again I'll note what he had mentioned [0].
>
> "Some drivers / subsystems don’t support deferred probe yet, such failures
> usually don’t blow up, but cause subtle malfunctioning. Example, an Ethernet
> phy could not get its interrupt as the primary IRQ chip had not been probed
> yet, it reverted to polling though. Sub-optimal." [0]
>
> [0] https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/ksummit-discuss/2016-August/003425.html
>
> Geert can you provide more details?

Issue reported in "of_mdiobus_register_phy() and deferred probe"
(http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1510.2/05770.html)

Key point is:
"However, of_mdiobus_register_phy() uses irq_of_parse_and_map(), which plainly
ignores EPROBE_DEFER, and it just continues."

At that time, the PHY driver fell back to polling, but as of commit d5c3d8465
("net: phy: Avoid polling PHY with PHY_IGNORE_INTERRUPTS") that's no longer the
case, and now the PHY fails to work completely.

Workaround is "[PATCH v2] irqchip/renesas-irqc: Postpone driver initialization"
(https://www.spinics.net/lists/netdev/msg403325.html), which seems to have
sparked some interest in fixing the issue for good ;-)

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

--
Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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