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SubjectRe: compiled-in (non-modular) USB initialization bug

On Mon, 17 Sep 2001, David Acklam wrote:
> A few months ago I posted a bug report about the Pegasus driver not
> initializing (or not initializing fast enough to work with NFS-Root) when
> compiled-in. I've found that this is not specific to the
> pegasus, as I have recently noticed that the kernel 'driver-initialized'
> messages for my USB mouse and keyboard (i.e. HID devices) come up AFTER
> init has been started. These drivers are also 'compiled-in'
> The problem this poses is that some applications (like NFSRoot) need
> access to USB devices BEFORE the kernel mounts filesystems/starts init.

I had the same problem a while ago. I haven't really looked into the
usb code, but it appears USB devices are detected from a kernel
thread, i.e., asynchronously. When the USB thread has discovered the
device, the dhcp/bootp code has already failed.

The following patch adds the "ip=wait" option. It makes ipconfig.c
retry forever until is has found a suitable device to do

This is untested! (I don't have a USB netdevice at home). But at least
it boots ok with a PCI network card (and waits forever if I remove
support for that card from the kernel).

Of course, in the long run, a better solution is an initrd with
dhcp/bootp/rarp client in userspace. But AFAIK there is no Debian
package that does that yet ;-).


--- linux-2.4.9-ac7/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c.orig Wed May 2 05:59:24 2001
+++ linux-2.4.9-ac7/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c Tue Sep 18 00:19:03 2001
@@ -102,6 +102,8 @@

int ic_enable __initdata = 0; /* IP config enabled? */

+int ic_wait __initdata = 0; /* wait until a device appears? */
/* Protocol choice */
int ic_proto_enabled __initdata = 0
@@ -1105,8 +1107,12 @@

/* Setup all network devices */
- if (ic_open_devs() < 0)
- return -1;
+ if (ic_open_devs() < 0) {
+ if(!ic_wait) return -1;
+ printk("IP-Config: Retrying forever...\n");
+ goto try_try_again; // wait a while and try again
+ }

/* Give drivers a chance to settle */
jiff = jiffies + CONF_POST_OPEN;
@@ -1281,6 +1287,8 @@
(strcmp(addrs, "none") != 0));
if (!ic_enable)
return 1;
+ ic_wait = *addrs && (strcmp(addrs, "wait") == 0);

if (ic_proto_name(addrs))
return 1;
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