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SubjectRe: 2.6.30-rc6: Reported regressions from 2.6.29
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On Sun, 2009-05-17 at 02:15 +0200, Kay Sievers wrote:
> On Sun, May 17, 2009 at 02:01, Linus Torvalds
> <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> > [ 10.428691] Error: Driver 'rtc_cmos' is already registered, aborting...
> >
> > but the driver doesn't really care whether that succeeded or not, but then
> > the platform_driver_probe fails (because the thing is already in use), so
> > then it ends up unregistering something that never got registered in the
> > first place.
> >
> > I think this is strictly speaking a bug in driver_unregister(), which is
> > too fragile. If you unregister a drivert that wasn't registered, we
> > shouldn't oops.
> >
> > But we could certainly do it at the rtc-cmos.c level too, and just not
> > unregister it if the registration failed. My gut feel is that we should
> > aim for the core driver helpers to be less fragile, though - we'll always
> > have driver bugs.
>
> In:
> driver_remove_file()
> we try to access the private part:
> sysfs_remove_file(&drv->p->kobj, ...
> and that is NULL, for an unregistered driver, I would expect.
>
> I'm looking into it.

This makes the oops in the driver-core, caused by the rtc driver
unregister, go away. The original issue is also fixed in the rtc driver
itself.

Thanks,
Kay


From: Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@vrfy.org>
Subject: Driver Core: do not oops when driver_unregister() is called for unregistered drivers

Handle the case someone tries to unregister a non-registered driver
more gracefully.

Error: Driver 'rtc_cmos' is already registered, aborting...
BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000018
[<c01e16ba>] sysfs_remove_file+0x1/0xf
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@vrfy.org>
---
driver.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
--- a/drivers/base/driver.c
+++ b/drivers/base/driver.c
@@ -257,6 +257,8 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(driver_register);
*/
void driver_unregister(struct device_driver *drv)
{
+ if (!drv || !drv->p)
+ return;
driver_remove_groups(drv, drv->groups);
bus_remove_driver(drv);
}



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