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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/1] serdes: Add whitelist to bring back missing serial port
Hi Hans,

Thanks for chiming in.

Hans de Goede <> writes:

> HI,
> On 16-12-2019 05:08, Punit Agrawal wrote:
>> Hi,
>> While booting v5.5-rc1 on Apollo Lake based UP2[0], I ran into an
>> issue with the primary serial port. The kernel is able to output to
>> ttyS0 but systemd isn't able to raise a login prompt. On further
>> investigation, it turns out that no serial device (/dev/ttyS0) is
>> being created as the device is claimed by serdev sub-system.
>> The issue has been reported in a few different places[0][1]. A patch
>> was proposed to solve the issue but there doesn't seem to be any
>> further progress[2]. Feedback on the thread suggested implementing a
>> whitelist based approach - which is what this RFC does.
>> With this patch, systemd is able to create a login prompt. The
>> whitelist has intentionally been left blank as it's not clear which
>> devices go in there.
> As I already mentioned when discussing this upstream:
> I am afraid that a whitelist is not going to fly, that means
> duplicating all the device-ids in all the relevant drivers and that
> everytime we add a device-id we need to do so in 2 places. Just take
> a look at drivers/bluetooth/hci_bcm.c at the device-id list starting
> at line 1187 and that is just 1 driver.

I had seen the linked mail but was missing the context given here. I am
not that familiar with the serial devices framework.

> I also mention a hack for RTL8723BS devices there, but those have
> gotten a proper in kernel driver in the mean time.
> Looking at the ACPI device id list in the proposed upstream fix
> with a "hsuart serdev driver":
> +static const struct acpi_device_id hsuart_acpi_match[] = {
> + {"INT3511", 0},
> + {"INT3512", 0},
> + { },
> +};
> Then blacklist with just these 2 ids would clearly be a much better
> approach, as we are talking 2 ids vs 50+ ids here for whitelist vs
> blacklist.
> The whitepaper on this:
> Also mentions these 2 as "the default Hardware IDs (INT3511 and INT3512) used here are Intel HS-UART COM
> port peripheral device IDs." as the hardware ids to use if the port has no
> specific function, in other words to use these 2 ids when under Linux the
> serial-port should just show up as a /dev/ttyS* device.
> So I believe that the fix here is using a blacklist with just these 2
> ids in there.

That makes sense.

A shorter list of exceptions is better than the longer list of supported
device list that is going to be duplicated.

I will respin the patches taking the blacklist approach if there is no
other feedback.


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