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    SubjectRe: PATCH: (as177) Add class_device_unregister_wait() and platform_device_unregister_wait() to the driver model core
    On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Linus Torvalds wrote:

    > On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Alan Stern wrote:
    > >
    > > Since I haven't seen any progress towards implementing the
    > > class_device_unregister_wait() and platform_device_unregister_wait()
    > > functions, here is my attempt.
    > So why would this not deadlock?

    Kind of a general question, so I'll give a general answer. This wouldn't
    deadlock for the same reason as anything else: People use it properly!

    > The reason we don't wait on things like this is that it's basically
    > impossible not to deadlock.

    That's an exaggeration. There are places where it's _necessary_ to
    wait. For example, consider this extract from a recent patch written by
    Greg KH:

    + /* FIXME change this when the driver core gets the
    + * class_device_unregister_wait() call */
    + init_completion(&bus->released);
    + wait_for_completion(&bus->released);

    For the full patch, see

    The general context is that a module is trying to unload, but it can't
    until the release() callback for its device has finished.

    > There are damn good reasons why the kernel uses reference counting
    > everywhere. Any other approach is broken.

    And sometimes a part of the kernel has to wait until the reference count
    drops to 0. Instead of making everyone who needs to wait for a
    class_device or a platform_device roll their own completions, this
    provides a central facility.

    By the way, adding class_device_unregister_wait() has an excellent
    precedent. The driver model core _already_ includes
    device_unregister_wait(), merged by Pat Mochel. Are you saying that
    function shouldn't exist either?

    Alan Stern

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