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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] driver core: add a debugfs entry to show deferred devices
Hi!

> > With Device Trees (DT), the dependencies of the devices are defined in the
> > DT, then the drivers parse that information to lookup the needed resources
> > that have as dependencies.
> >
> > Since drivers and devices are registered in a non-deterministic way, it is
> > possible that a device that is a dependency has not been registered yet by
> > the time that is looked up.
> >
> > In this case the driver that requires this dependency cannot probe and has
> > to defer it. So the driver core adds it to a list of deferred devices that
> > is iterated again every time that a new driver is probed successfully.
> >
> > For debugging purposes it may be useful to know what are the devices whose
> > probe function was deferred. Add a debugfs entry showing that information.
> >
> > $ cat /sys/kernel/debug/devices_deferred
> > 48070000.i2c:twl@48:bci
> > musb-hdrc.0.auto
> > omapdrm.0
> >
> > This information could be obtained partially by enabling debugging, but it
> > means that the kernel log has to be parsed and the probe deferral balanced
> > with the successes. This can be error probe and has to be done in a ad-hoc
> > manner by everyone who needs to debug these kind of issues.
> >
> > Since the information is already known by the kernel, just show it to make
> > it easier to debug.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <javierm@redhat.com>
> > Reviewed-by: Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@gmail.com>
> > Reviewed-by: Mark Brown <broonie@kernel.org>
>
> Reviewed-by: Sebastian Reichel <sebastian.reichel@collabora.co.uk>

Thanks for doing this.

Note that it rejects on current -rc4, but solution is trivial.

Tested-by: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>

Unfortunately, it does not help with pwm problem on Droid4, as nothing
is deffered:

user@devuan:/sys/bus/platform/drivers$ cat
/sys/kernel/debug/devices_deferred
user@devuan:/sys/bus/platform/drivers$

Pavel



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