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SubjectRe: [Regression] Missing device nodes for ETR, ETF and STM after CONFIG_UEVENT_HELPER=n
On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 03:44:40PM +0530, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> On 7/26/2019 3:14 PM, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> > On 7/26/2019 2:11 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 01:50:27PM +0530, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> > > > On 7/26/2019 12:34 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > > > On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 11:49:19AM +0530, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> > > > > > Hi,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > When trying to test my coresight patches, I found that etr,etf and stm
> > > > > > device nodes are missing from /dev.
> > > > >
> > > > > I have no idea what those device nodes are.
> > > > >
> > > > > > Bisection gives this as the bad commit.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 1be01d4a57142ded23bdb9e0c8d9369e693b26cc is the first bad commit
> > > > > > commit 1be01d4a57142ded23bdb9e0c8d9369e693b26cc
> > > > > > Author: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@glider.be>
> > > > > > Date:   Thu Mar 14 12:13:50 2019 +0100
> > > > > >
> > > > > >       driver: base: Disable CONFIG_UEVENT_HELPER by default
> > > > > >
> > > > > >       Since commit 7934779a69f1184f ("Driver-Core:
> > > > > > disable /sbin/hotplug by
> > > > > >       default"), the help text for the /sbin/hotplug fork-bomb says
> > > > > >       "This should not be used today [...] creates a
> > > > > > high system load, or
> > > > > >       [...] out-of-memory situations during bootup". 
> > > > > > The rationale for this
> > > > > >       was that no recent mainstream system used this
> > > > > > anymore (in 2010!).
> > > > > >
> > > > > >       A few years later, the complete uevent helper
> > > > > > support was made optional
> > > > > >       in commit 86d56134f1b67d0c ("kobject: Make support
> > > > > > for uevent_helper
> > > > > >       optional.").  However, if was still left enabled
> > > > > > by default, to support
> > > > > >       ancient userland.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >       Time passed by, and nothing should use this
> > > > > > anymore, so it can be
> > > > > >       disabled by default.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >       Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@glider.be>
> > > > > >       Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
> > > > > >
> > > > > >    drivers/base/Kconfig | 1 -
> > > > > >    1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Any idea on this?
> > > > >
> > > > > That means that who ever created those device nodes is relying on udev
> > > > > to do this, and is not doing the correct thing within the kernel and
> > > > > using devtmpfs.
> > > > >
> > > > > Any pointers to where in the kernel those devices are trying to be
> > > > > created?
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Somewhere in drivers/hwtracing/coresight/* probably. I am not sure,
> > > > Mathieu/Suzuki would be able to point you to the exact code.
> > > >
> > > > Also just to add on some more details, I am using *initramfs*
> > >
> > > Are you using devtmpfs for your /dev/ mount?
> > >
> >
> > I am not mounting devtmpfs. However
> >
> >  CONFIG_DEVTMPFS=y
> >  CONFIG_DEVTMPFS_MOUNT=y
> >
>
> Ok my initramfs is using mdev:
>
> */sbin/mdev -s*
>
> This somehow is not mounting etr, etf, stm devices when uevent-helper is
> disabled. Anyways as Suzuki mentioned, using devtmpfs does fix the issue.

Last I looked (many years ago) mdev requires uevent-helper in order for
it to work. I recommend that if you rely on mdev to keep that option
enabled, or to just use devtmpfs and udev :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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