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SubjectRe: [PATCH 32/36] driver core: Introduce device_move(): move a device to a new parent.
Hi Greg,

> > > > > Provide a function device_move() to move a device to a new parent device. Add
> > > > > auxilliary functions kobject_move() and sysfs_move_dir().
> > > > > kobject_move() generates a new uevent of type KOBJ_MOVE, containing the
> > > > > previous path (DEVPATH_OLD) in addition to the usual values. For this, a new
> > > > > interface kobject_uevent_env() is created that allows to add further
> > > > > environmental data to the uevent at the kobject layer.
> > > >
> > > > has this one been tested? I don't get it working. I always get an EINVAL
> > > > when trying to move the TTY device of a Bluetooth RFCOMM link around.
> > >
> > > I relied on Cornelia to test this. I think some s390 patches depend on
> > > this change, right?
> >
> > my pre-condition is that the TTY device has no parent and then we move
> > it to a Bluetooth ACL link as child. This however is not working or the
> > TTY change to use device instead of class_device has broken something.
> Hm, I don't think the class_device stuff has broken anything, but if you
> think so, please let me know.

I was checking why device_move() fails and it seems that the check for
is_registered is the problem here.

if (!device_is_registered(dev)) {
error = -EINVAL;
goto out;

The ACL link has been attached to the Bluetooth bus, but for some reason
it still thinks that it is unregistered. Is this check really needed. I
think it should be possible to also move devices that are not part of a
bus, yet. And removing that check makes it work for me.

And btw. I can't see any s390 patches that are using device_move() at
the moment.

> > > > And shouldn't device_move(dev, NULL) re-attach it to the virtual device
> > > > tree instead of failing?
> > >
> > > Yes, that would be good to have.
> >
> > Cornelia, please fix this, because otherwise we can't detach a device
> > from its parent. Storing the current virtual parent looks racy to me.
> You can always restore the previous "virtual" parent from the
> information given to you in the device itself. That is what the code
> does when it first registers the device.
> And yes, I too think it should be fixed.

My knowledge of the driver model is still limited. Can you fix that
quickly. This is really needed.



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