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SubjectRe: [PATCH 32/36] driver core: Introduce device_move(): move a device to a new parent.
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Hi Greg,

> > > > > > > Provide a function device_move() to move a device to a new parent device. Add
> > > > > > > auxilliary functions kobject_move() and sysfs_move_dir().
> > > > > > > kobject_move() generates a new uevent of type KOBJ_MOVE, containing the
> > > > > > > previous path (DEVPATH_OLD) in addition to the usual values. For this, a new
> > > > > > > interface kobject_uevent_env() is created that allows to add further
> > > > > > > environmental data to the uevent at the kobject layer.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > has this one been tested? I don't get it working. I always get an EINVAL
> > > > > > when trying to move the TTY device of a Bluetooth RFCOMM link around.
> > > > >
> > > > > I relied on Cornelia to test this. I think some s390 patches depend on
> > > > > this change, right?
> > > >
> > > > my pre-condition is that the TTY device has no parent and then we move
> > > > it to a Bluetooth ACL link as child. This however is not working or the
> > > > TTY change to use device instead of class_device has broken something.
> > >
> > > Hm, I don't think the class_device stuff has broken anything, but if you
> > > think so, please let me know.
> >
> > I was checking why device_move() fails and it seems that the check for
> > is_registered is the problem here.
> >
> > if (!device_is_registered(dev)) {
> > error = -EINVAL;
> > goto out;
> > }
> >
> > The ACL link has been attached to the Bluetooth bus, but for some reason
> > it still thinks that it is unregistered. Is this check really needed. I
> > think it should be possible to also move devices that are not part of a
> > bus, yet. And removing that check makes it work for me.
> >
> > And btw. I can't see any s390 patches that are using device_move() at
> > the moment.
> >
> > > > > > And shouldn't device_move(dev, NULL) re-attach it to the virtual device
> > > > > > tree instead of failing?
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes, that would be good to have.
> > > >
> > > > Cornelia, please fix this, because otherwise we can't detach a device
> > > > from its parent. Storing the current virtual parent looks racy to me.
> > >
> > > You can always restore the previous "virtual" parent from the
> > > information given to you in the device itself. That is what the code
> > > does when it first registers the device.
> > >
> > > And yes, I too think it should be fixed.
> >
> > My knowledge of the driver model is still limited. Can you fix that
> > quickly. This is really needed.
>
> As Cornelia wrote this portion of code, I will wait a bit to recieve a
> patch...

I have a patch ready for the Bluetooth subsystem that will make use of
this and move around RFCOMM TTY devices to their ACL links when the
connection has been established. So I can test this very easily.

Regards

Marcel


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