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    Subject[RFC/RFT][PATCH v3 0/5] Functional dependencies between devices
    Hi Everyone,

    On Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:25:44 PM Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
    > Hi Everyone,
    > This is a refresh of the functional dependencies series that I posted last
    > year and which has picked up by Marek quite recently. For reference, appended
    > is my introductory message sent previously (which may be slightly outdated now).
    > As last time, the first patch rearranges the code around __device_release_driver()
    > a bit to prepare it for the next one (it actually hasn't changed AFAICS).
    > The second patch introduces the actual device links mechanics, but without
    > system suspend/resume and runtime PM support which are added by the subsequent
    > patches.
    > Some bugs found by Marek during his work on these patches should be fixed
    > here. In particular, the endless recursion in device_reorder_to_tail()
    > which simply was broken before.
    > There are two additional patches to address the issue with runtime PM support
    > that occured when runtime PM was disabled for some suppliers due to a PM
    > sleep transition in progress. Those patches simply make runtime PM helpers
    > return 0 in that case which may be controversial, so please let me know if
    > there are concerns about those.
    > The way device_link_add() works is a bit different, as it takes an additional
    > status argument now. That makes it possible to create a link in any state,
    > with extra care of course, and should address the problem pointed to by Lukas
    > during the previous discussion.
    > Also some comments from Tomeu have been addressed.

    An update here.

    The first patch hasn't changed, so I'm resending it.

    The majority of changes in the other patches are in order to address Lukas'

    First off, I added a DEVICE_LINK_STATELESS flag that will prevent the driver
    core from trying to maintain device links having it set.

    Also, the DEVICE_LINK_PERSISTENT flag was dropped (as link "persistence" is the
    default behavior now) and there's a new one, DEVICE_LINK_AUTOREMOVE, that will
    cause the driver core to remove the link on the consumer driver unbind.

    Moreover, the code checks attempts to create a link between a parent and a child
    device now and actively prevents that from happening.

    The changelog of the second patch has been updated as requested by Ulf.

    The third patch was updated to fix a bug related to the (previously missing)
    clearing of power.direct_complete for supplier devices having consumers that
    don't use direct_complete.

    The next two (runtime PM) patches turned out to be unnecessary, so I've dropped

    The runtime PM patch [4/5] was reorganized somewhat to reduce the indentation
    level in there, but the code flow introduced by it is essentially the same
    and the last patch was simply rebased on top of the new series.

    If this version still works for Marek, I'll probably drop the RFC tag from it
    in the next iteration.


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