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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] ACPI autoloading
> A) Cannot pass acpi_device_id through ops.add (probe equivalent func)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> int acpi_match_device_ids(..)
> should be:
> const acpi_device_id *acpi_match_device_ids
> and the matching device id should get passed to the acpi driver's .add
> function.
> This would ease up the code in the ACPI driver a lot (e.g. see button.c,
> it is compared again which device (HID) has been found. Theoretically
> the drivers also needs to check CIDs...).
> The problem is that in scan.c ACPI driver is abstracted to use .match
> and .probe "struct bus_type" functions and I have no idea how the
> matching acpi_device_id should get passed or stored from
> acpi_match_device_ids (.match) to ops.add (invoked in .probe).
> Currently:
> kernel_ulong_t driver_data;
> of acpi_device_id got added, but is not used at all atm.
> B) Thermal module always gets loaded
> ------------------------------------
> This is because _TZ_ (scope?!?) always gets added, but is declared as a
> device or at least pops up as a thermal device.
> This is in drivers/acpi/utilities/utglobal.c:
> /*
> * Predefined ACPI Names (Built-in to the Interpreter)
> *
> * NOTES:
> * 1) _SB_ is defined to be a device to allow \_SB_._INI to be run
> * during the initialization sequence.
> * 2) _TZ_ is defined to be a thermal zone in order to allow ASL code to
> * perform a Notify() operation on it.
> */
> Any idea how to get rid of that is very welcome.
> Is this to be able to process buggy ASL code of this kind?:
> "Notify ("_TZ_", 0x80)"
> While _TZ_ is not a real device, but a scope operator and gets
> statically declared as a device here to solve such things?

ThermalZone objects hang under _TZ, whether TZ it be global, or under _SB
I would think that if there are no ThermalZone objects,
then we'd not need to bind the thermal driver.

However, this would be a custom binding method (like acpi video.c)
rather than a HID based one.

I'm really not sure about the _TZ_ syntax -- we'll have to ask Bob
where that came from when he returns -- but I don't think it matters
for the issue at hand.

> C) Renaming/Unifying of HID strings
> -----------------------------------
> This shouldn't be a problem. Consequence is that the new ACPI sysfs
> structure will show other names, but as it got introduced recently this
> shouldn't hurt anyone?

I agree that it is still new and that it is unlikely that a re-name
now would be a significant compatibility issue.

> For better readability we could map all HIDs to a device name through a
> HID <-> Device Name - enum and table. And then export "battery" again
> through /sys instead of "PNP0C0A".
> This was a bit mixed up. If, this should get implemented soon as the
> sysfs structure should not get altered that often...
> If wanted, I can send an on top patch later...

We've had this discussion before.

I'm inclined to keep the kernel as simple as possible, and let
some user-space thingie look up standard strings in some user-space table.
I don't want to get into the game of trying to make sysfs
so user-friendly, that a kernel re-build is necessary to add/translate
a new string...

that said, if we have to _invent_ a new string, it might as well
be something meaningful to a human.

> D) Why renaming struct acpi_device_id to struct __acpi_device_id
> Not a problem, just for understanding why I have done this:
> struct acpi_device_id already exists in ACPICA. The module aliasing
> interface requires that struct "SUBSYSTEM"_device_id is used as name.
> This is not that obvious (include/linux/module.h):
> #define MODULE_GENERIC_TABLE(gtype,name) and
> #define MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE(type,name)

it is really irritating to end up with two nearly identical definitions.
it is also irritating to diverge from ACPICA for syntax reasons.

I don't really have a better idea -- though I'd be inclined to call it
acpica_device_id instead of __acpi_device_id if we're stuck with that route.


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