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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] [RFC] hwmon: f71882fg: Add watchdog API for F71808E and F71889
On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 03:51:51PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
>> hold on the SIO port range. This would thus interfere with the
>> operation of the f71882fg driver. I.e. it would prevent the device
>> probing stage from working, thus preventing it from loading *after*
>> my in-development watchdog driver.
> There are two ways to deal with that really
>
> ... snip ...
>
> 2. Fix the kernel request_resource stuff to support a sleeping non
> exclusive resource so request/free of regions can be used as a resource
> semaphore by co-operative devices.
>
> #2 is actually not hard but when I did the patch originally it then
> wasn't needed by the driver I had in mind for other reasons.
>
> See http://groups.google.com/group/linux.kernel/msg/1425fc2aad32e6ea
>
> Maybe its worth resurrecting ?

In this particular case I most definitely think it's worth resurrecting.
Using your patch (I had to change the IORESOURCE_MUXED constant's value
though) I can completely solve the I/O sharing issue for the f71882fg +
watchdog case with only a single line modification to the f71882fg
driver.

One question regarding your patch though: how will it function when
driver (A) locks an I/O region using request_region() then driver (B)
comes along and tries to lock it using request_muxed_region()? One
problem I imagine might occur is that driver (A)'s 'struct resource'
doesn't have the IORESOURCE_MUXED flags set, thus simply won't wake up
driver (B) on the 'muxed_resource_wait' queue.

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Met vriendelijke groet,
With kind regards,
Giel van Schijndel
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