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SubjectRe: A potential broken at platform driver?
On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 09:10:05AM -0500, Richard Gong wrote:
>
> Hi Greg,
>
> On 6/4/19 12:03 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 11:13:02AM -0500, Richard Gong wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Greg,
> > >
> > > On 6/4/19 9:28 AM, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 12:33:03PM +0200, Romain Izard wrote:
> > > > > On Mon, Jun 03, 2019 at 08:02:55PM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > > > > @@ -394,7 +432,7 @@ static struct platform_driver stratix10_rsu_driver = {
> > > > > > > .remove = stratix10_rsu_remove,
> > > > > > > .driver = {
> > > > > > > .name = "stratix10-rsu",
> > > > > > > - .groups = rsu_groups,
> > > > > > > +// .groups = rsu_groups,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Are you sure this is the correct pointer? I think that might be
> > > > > > pointing to the driver's attributes, not the device's attributes.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > If platform drivers do not have a way to register groups properly, then
> > > > > > that really needs to be fixed, as trying to register it by yourself as
> > > > > > you are doing, is ripe for racing with userspace.
> > > > > This is a very common issue with platform drivers, and it seems to me that
> > > > > it is not possible to add device attributes when binding a device to a
> > > > > driver without entering the race condition.
> > > > >
> > > > > My understanding is the following one:
> > > > >
> > > > > The root cause is that the device has already been created and reported
> > > > > to the userspace with a KOBJ_ADD uevent before the device and the driver
> > > > > are bound together. On receiving this event, userspace will react, and
> > > > > it will try to read the device's attributes. In parallel the kernel will
> > > > > try to find a matching driver. If a driver is found, the kernel will
> > > > > call the probe function from the driver with the device as a parameter,
> > > > > and if successful a KOBJ_BIND uevent will be sent to userspace, but this
> > > > > is a recent addition.
> > > > >
> > > > > Unfortunately, not all created devices will be bound to a driver, and the
> > > > > existing udev code relies on KOBJ_ADD uevents rather than KOBJ_BIND uevents.
> > > > > If new per-device attributes have been added to the device during the
> > > > > binding stage userspace may or may not see them, depending on when userspace
> > > > > tries to read the device's attributes.
> > > > >
> > > > > I have this possible workaround, but I do not know if it is a good solution:
> > > > >
> > > > > When binding the device and the driver together, create a new device as a
> > > > > child to the current device, and fill its "groups" member to point to the
> > > > > per-device attributes' group. As the device will be created with all the
> > > > > attributes, it will not be affected by the race issues. The functions
> > > > > handling the attributes will need to be modified to use the parents of their
> > > > > "device" parameter, instead of the device itself. Additionnaly, the sysfs
> > > > > location of the attributes will be different, as the child device will show
> > > > > up in the sysfs path. But for a newly introduced device this will not be
> > > > > a problem.
> > > > >
> > > > > Is this a good compromise ?
> > > >
> > > > Not really. You just want the attributes on the platform device itself.
> > > >
> > > > Given the horrible hack that platform devices are today, what's one more
> > > > hack!
> > > >
> > > > Here's a patch below of what should probably be done here. Richard, can
> > > > you change your code to use the new dev_groups pointer in the struct
> > > > platform_driver and this patch and let me know if that works or not?
> > > >
> > > > Note, I've only compiled this code, not tested it...
> > > >
> > >
> > > Your patch works.
> > >
> > > Many thanks for your help!
> >
> > Nice!
> >
> > I guess I need to turn it into a real patch now. Let me do that tonight
> > and see if I can convert some existing drivers to use it as well...
> >
>
> Sorry for asking.
>
> I haven't seen your patch, did you release that?
>

I didn't post it yet, sorry. I started on cleaning up the whole kernel
tree, to show users of the new groups, and then got side-tracked. The
code is in a public branch, I'll clean it up this week and send it off,
hopefully I'll have time over the next few days...

thanks,

greg k-h

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