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SubjectRe: deadlock in "modprobe -r ohci1394" shortly after "modprobe ohci1394"
On Mon, 20 Nov 2006, Stefan Richter wrote:

> Alan Stern wrote:
> > Wait a minute. Above you agreed that the problem was caused by knodemgrd
> > attempting to rescan the host's _parent_. So which is the focus of the
> > deadlock: the host or its parent?
>
> The parent of the hpsb_host.
>
> ohci1394 works on a pci_dev which contains a dev, let's call it A.
>
> ieee1394 has a hpsb_host which contains a dev, let's call it B. B's
> parent is A. Then there is one or more node_entry with dev C whose
> parent is B, end unit_directory with dev D whose parent is C.
>
> The bus of devices B, C, D is set to be ieee1394_bus_type, and that's
> what knodemgrd is scanning.
>
> knodemgrd blocks on the semaphore of the parent of B because
> driver_detach took the semaphore of A (and of the parent of A if there
> is one).

Okay, I get it.

> > Is the problem caused by the fact that some of these struct device's
> > aren't bound to a driver? Remember, bus_rescan_devices() will skip over
> > anything that already has a driver. Could you solve your problem by
> > adding a do_nothing driver that would bind to these otherwise unused
> > devices?
>
> Excellently, that's what I will try in a minute. It is surely intended
> that the hpsb_host can get a driver bound too, but as I mentioned, we
> don't have a driver which needs this capability and I don't foresee any
> such driver.
>
> Thanks for the directions.

You're welcome. Let me know how it turns out.

Alan Stern

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