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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/13] driver core: Remove the link if there is no driver with AUTO flag

On 05/03/2019 20:03, Evan Green wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 6:33 AM Yong Wu <> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2019-02-25 at 15:53 -0800, Evan Green wrote:
>>> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 8:52 PM Yong Wu <> wrote:
>>>> automatically on consumer/supplier driver unbind", that means we should
>>>> remove whole the device_link when there is no this driver no matter what
>>>> the ref_count of the link is.
>>>> CC: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Yong Wu <>
>>>> ---
>>>> The ref_count of our device_link normally is over 1. When the consumer
>>>> device driver is removed, whole the device_link should be removed.
>>>> Thus, I add this patch.
>>>> ---
>>> I will admit to reading about device links for the first time while
>>> reviewing this patch, but I don't really get this. Why use a kref at
>>> all if we're just going to ignore its value? For instance, I see that
>>> if you call device_link_add() with the same supplier and consumer, it
>>> uses the kref to return the same link. That machinery is broken with
>>> your change. Although I don't see any uses of it, you might also
>>> expect a supplier or consumer could do a kref_get() on the link it got
>>> back from device_link_add(), and have a reasonable expectation that
>>> the link wouldn't be freed out from under it. This would also be
>>> broken.
>>> Can you explain why your device_links normally have a reference count
>>>> 1,
>> I use device link between the smi-larb device and the iommu-consumer
>> device. Take a example, smi-larb1 have 4 VDEC ports. From 4/13 in this
>> patchset, we use device_link to link the VDEC device and the smi-larb1
>> device in the function(mtk_iommu_config). since there are 4 ports, it
>> will call device_link_add 4 times.
>>> and why those additional references can't be cleaned up in an
>>> orderly fashion?
>> If the iommu-consume device(like VDEC above) is removed, It should enter
>> device_links_driver_cleanup which only ref_put one time. I guess whole
>> the link should be removed at that time.
> It seems like Robin had some suggestions about using
> mtk_iommu_add_device() rather than the attach_dev() to set the links
> up, and then track them for removal in the corresponding
> remove_device() callback. Then you wouldn't need this change, right?

FYI, Evan the patch is queued for v5.1-rc1 as
0fe6f7874d46 ("driver core: Remove the link if there is no driver with AUTO flag")

So if you think there is something wrong with it, then please provide a fix or
raise awareness :)

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