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

On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 2:22 PM, Kishon Vijay Abraham I <> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.

This is very useful information, let me add it to the patch changelog.

> Reviewed-by: Kishon Vijay Abraham I <>

Thank you!

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