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SubjectRe: [PATCH] serial: 8250: add option to disable registration of legacy ISA ports
On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 03:47:42PM +0000, Måns Rullgård wrote:
> Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> writes:
>
> > On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 01:18:47PM +0000, Måns Rullgård wrote:
> >> Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> writes:
> >>
> >> > On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 05:22:44PM +0000, Mans Rullgard wrote:
> >> >> On systems that do not have the traditional PC ISA serial ports, the
> >> >> 8250 driver still creates non-functional device nodes. This change
> >> >> makes only ports that actually exist (PCI, DT, ...) get device nodes.
> >> >>
> >> >> Signed-off-by: Mans Rullgard <mans@mansr.com>
> >> >> ---
> >> >> drivers/tty/serial/8250/8250_core.c | 26 ++++++++++++++++++++------
> >> >> drivers/tty/serial/8250/Kconfig | 5 +++++
> >> >> 2 files changed, 25 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> >> >>
> >> >> diff --git a/drivers/tty/serial/8250/8250_core.c b/drivers/tty/serial/8250/8250_core.c
> >> >> index cae61d1ebec5..49695dd3677c 100644
> >> >> --- a/drivers/tty/serial/8250/8250_core.c
> >> >> +++ b/drivers/tty/serial/8250/8250_core.c
> >> >> @@ -555,6 +555,7 @@ static void __init serial8250_isa_init_ports(void)
> >> >> }
> >> >> }
> >> >>
> >> >> +#ifdef CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_ISA
> >> >
> >> > This is just making a mess of the code.
> >>
> >> It was already a mess.
> >
> > True, but don't make it a worse one please.
> >
> >>
> >> > To do this right, pull the isa code out into a separate file and put
> >> > the #ifdef in a .h file, so we can properly maintain and support this
> >> > code over time. This change as-is is not going to make that any
> >> > easier :(
> >>
> >> I might put in that effort if there's a reasonable chance this change
> >> will be accepted. If it's going to be rejected regardless, I'd rather
> >> not waste my time.
> >>
> >> >> +config SERIAL_8250_ISA
> >> >> + bool "8250/16550 ISA device support" if EXPERT
> >> >
> >> > So, no one will set this?
> >>
> >> I followed the pattern of the existing SERIAL_8250_PNP option. Was that
> >> a mistake? How would you prefer it?
> >
> > I don't know, I'm just asking.
> >
> >> > What userspace visable change will be caused by this?
> >>
> >> There won't be /dev/ttyS devices for ports that don't exist.
> >>
> >> > Will ports get renumbered?
> >>
> >> Not if they had predictable numbers to begin with.
> >
> > So that would be "yes"? If so, obviously we couldn't take this, right?
>
> On a Beaglebone Black based system with some of the UARTs enabled, those
> keep their numbers such that e.g. ttyS0, ttyS1, and ttyS4 show up in
> /dev while ttyS2 and ttyS3 do not since they don't correspond to any
> (enabled) ports.
>
> If any of the very many variants of this driver do not assign fixed
> numbers, those would possibly be renumbered. Should that be the case,
> the numbering was never guaranteed to begin with, so I fail to see any
> problem.

Ok, if that's the case, then yes, a cleaned up version of this patch
would be nice, thanks!

greg k-h

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