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SubjectRe: [PATCH] driver core: Partially revert "driver core: correct device's shutdown order"

On Tuesday 10 July 2018 05:05 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> From: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
> Commit 52cdbdd49853 (driver core: correct device's shutdown order)
> introduced a regression by breaking device shutdown on some systems.
> Namely, the devices_kset_move_last() call in really_probe() added by
> that commit is a mistake as it may cause parents to follow children
> in the devices_kset list which then causes shutdown to fail. For
> example, if a device has children before really_probe() is called
> for it (which is not uncommon), that call will cause it to be
> reordered after the children in the devices_kset list and the
> ordering of that list will not reflect the correct device shutdown
> order any more.
> Also it causes the devices_kset list to be constantly reordered
> until all drivers have been probed which is totally pointless
> overhead in the majority of cases and it only covers an issue
> with system shutdown, while system-wide suspend/resume potentially
> has the same issue on the affected platforms (which is not covered).
> For that reason, revert the really_probe() modifications made by
> commit 52cdbdd49853 which unfortunately will expose the shutdown
> issue the problematic commit attempted to fix (and which will have
> to be addressed differently and correctly in the future).
> The other code changes made by commit 52cdbdd49853 are useful and
> they need not be reverted.
> Fixes: 52cdbdd49853 (driver core: correct device's shutdown order)
> Link:
> Reported-by: Pingfan Liu <>
> Tested-by: Pingfan Liu <>
> Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
> ---

This issue because of which 52cdbdd49853 (driver core: correct device's
shutdown order) was added is not present from 4.18, since dra7 started using
sdhci-omap.c driver which doesn't disable regulator during shutdown. (The
original issue was present in omap_hsmmc driver).

When sdhci-omap driver is modified to disable regulator during shutdown,
something like device_link_add() can be added in _regulator_get().

Since this doesn't reintroduce the problem that was solved by 52cdbdd49853,
this can be safely merged.

Reviewed-by: Kishon Vijay Abraham I <>


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