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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/5] dmi: Rework to get IPMI autoloading from DMI tables
Jean, any status on this?



On 03/09/2016 10:23 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM, <> wrote:
>> The IPMI driver would not auto-load from DMI tables. So these patches
>> creates a platform device from an IPMI DMI table entry, and then
>> modify the IPMI driver to handle all this.
>> I followed how ACPI works mostly, with a fwnode and such. But greatly
>> simplified, of course .
>> Changes from v1:
>> * Split out the IPMI changes to their own patch. It compiles and works
>> at each step, so no need to mix it up. Should be easier to review
>> now.
>> * Removed the dmi_zalloc() code, as the dmi_alloc already returns zeroed
>> data.
>> * Removed the dummy (no DMI) is_dmi_fwnode() and to_dmi_device() calls
>> as they are only used under CONFIG_DMI.
>> I'm still not sure about the device name and the driver_override
>> setting. I'd prefer something different, but there's no easy way
>> to provide device matching like ACPI and OF can.
> Sorry for being so slow testing this. The whole series is:
> Tested-by: Andy Lutomirski <>
> A couple of thoughts that are definitely not prerequisites for this series:
> The sysfs hierarchy for the ipmi devices is confusing, at least to me.
> With these applied, I have a dmi-ipmi-si device and an ipmi-bmc
> device. The ipmi-bmc device has a link called ipmi0 to the
> dmi-ipmi-si device. The dmi-ipmi-si device has a link called bmc to
> the ipmi-bmc device. The dmi-ipmi-si device also has the ipmi class
> with the ipmi0 class device attached. The dmi-ipmi-si part makes
> sense to me, but what's the ipmi-bmc for? Could it go away entirely?
> Should it be a child of the dmi-ipmi-si device?
> As for getting ipmi_devintf to autoload, you could stick a modalias in
> the ipmi class device node (ipmi0) pointing to ipmi_devintf. It would
> be a bit hackish, but it ought to work, and it would allow
> blacklisting ipmi_devintf to prevent it from loading. Alternatively,
> you could merge ipmi_devintf into ipmi_si or export a dummy symbol
> from ipmi_devintf and require it in ipmi_si.
> --Andy

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