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    SubjectRe: [PATCH/RFC] core: add a function to safely try to get device driver owner
    On Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:43:28 +0100 (CET)
    Guennadi Liakhovetski <> wrote:

    > When two drivers interoperate without an explicit dependency, it is often
    > required to prevent one of them from being unloaded safely by dereferencing
    > dev->driver->owner. This patch provides a generic function to do this in a
    > race-free way.

    I must ask: why not, instead, make the dependency explicit? In
    particular, this looks like an application for the proposed media
    controller code, which is meant to model the connections between otherwise
    independent devices. The fact that your example comes from V4L2 (which is
    the current domain of the media controller) also argues that way.


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