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SubjectRe: Dell Inc. XPS 13 9343/0TM99H fails to boot v4.16-rc5
On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 06:12:04AM +0000, wrote:
> As long as they're ready before dell-laptop's initialization which uses
> late_initcall that should be fine.
> Am I correct to presume you're going to propose a patch you can test and
> confirm your hypothesis rather than Darren reverting my patch to bring
> them together?

Thanks for the input; a draft patch (which works fine on my system) is
attached below.

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:32:13PM -0700, Darren Hart wrote:
> There is one other caveat, which you'll find documented in
> dell-laptop.c, namely that dell-laptop needs to init after dell-rbtn
> (I'm starting to appreciate the monolithic thinkpad-acpi driver).
> We need things to init in this order (items on the same line have no
> dependency):
> Currently:
> subsys_initcall: ACPI_WMI, DELL_SMBIOS
> module_init: DCDBAS, DELL_WMI
> late_initcall: DELL_LAPTOP
> From a quick naive glance, it appears as though we might be able to
> address this as follows:
> subsys_initcall: DCDBAS, ACPI_WMI
> module_init: DELL_SMBIOS, DELL_RBTN
> late_initcall: DELL_LAPTOP, DELL_WMI

Hmmm. I do not yet understand why you propose to

a) advance the DCDBAS initialization to subsys_initcall, as only DELL_LAPTOP
(running as a late_initcall) requires it to be up and running, and

b) delay DELL_WMI to late_initcall, as it can safely be initialized as long
as ACPI_WMI is ready.

What do I miss?

Attached patch *seems* to work fine on my system.


From: Dominik Brodowski <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:27:41 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] platform/x86: dell-smbios: wait for WMI initialization

If DELL_SMBIOS_WMI is enabled, the combined dell-smbios driver
needs to wait for ACPI_WMI to be initialized, which occurs at the
subsys_initcall() level. As the dell-smbios driver only needs to
be up and running by the time the dell-laptop module is initialized,
which occurs at the late_initcall() level, it is sufficient to
initialize the dell-smbios driver at the default device_initcall()

Fixes: 25d47027e100 ("platform/x86: dell-smbios: Link all dell-smbios-* modules together")
Signed-off-by: Dominik Brodowski <>

diff --git a/drivers/platform/x86/dell-smbios-base.c b/drivers/platform/x86/dell-smbios-base.c
index 5bcf8a18f785..2485c80a9fdd 100644
--- a/drivers/platform/x86/dell-smbios-base.c
+++ b/drivers/platform/x86/dell-smbios-base.c
@@ -637,7 +637,7 @@ static void __exit dell_smbios_exit(void)


MODULE_AUTHOR("Matthew Garrett <>");
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