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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH RESEND 2/3] leds: upboard: Add LED support
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On Thu, 2018-04-26 at 13:49 +0100, Javier Arteaga wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 10:55:49AM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Thu, 2018-04-26 at 03:34 +0100, Javier Arteaga wrote:
> > > My understanding was that in this context, __init allows this
> > > probe()
> > > to
> > > be dropped from memory after module load.
> > >
> > > What am I doing wrong there?
> >
> > Just give another thought about it. The keyword(s) here is(are):
> > time to
> > live of the objects in question. It's good to get knowing what
> > unbind-
> > bind means (for built-in drivers).
>
> So this is the bit that I _believed_ applied to the platform drivers
> for
> these MFD-registered devices (from driver-model/platform.txt):
>
> Or, in common situations where the device is known not to be hot-
> pluggable,
> the probe() routine can live in an init section to reduce the
> driver's
> runtime memory footprint:
>
> int platform_driver_probe(struct platform_driver *drv,
> int (*probe)(struct platform_device *))
>
> I'm thinking my misunderstanding probably stems from assuming that
> these
> leds/pinctrl drivers will always find all devices registered at init
> time. Can't say I've validated that assumption - I just didn't see
> anything obviously blowing up in my tests so far :)
>
> I'll keep reading and test out a few more things so I fully
> understand.
> Until then, I've taken out __init annotations from next version.

Just do one small test. Try to unbind the (built-in) driver and bind it
back. Would it work? Would kernel survive this?

--
Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>
Intel Finland Oy

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