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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/7] gpiolib: implement dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 02:04:52PM -0700, David Brownell wrote:
> On Wednesday 22 October 2008, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> >
> > > > The board info has another problem though. We can't remove it, thus
> > > > we can't implement module_exit() for the 'OF glue'.
> That's not a problem. Why would you want to remove it?
> > > And try to solve this problem... maybe then things will begin to
> > > move forward.
> >
> > There is another problem: board infos are scanned at the controller
> > registration time only.
> Right. Such board description data should be made available
> early in boot. As a rule: before arch_initcall() finishes,
> so that subsys_initcall() code can use the associated GPIOs.
> (It's fairly well acknowledged that init dependency handling
> has a lot of problems. Until that's fixed ... for GPIOs, the
> general advice is to make sure everything is available by
> subsys_initcall time, so the subsystems which rely on GPIOs
> to initialize -- power switches, resets, etc -- can initialize.
> That can require i2c adapter drivers to use subsys_initcall,
> for example.)
> > So if we register the board infos after
> > the controller registered, then nobody will probe the board infos.
> See above. If you're doing it right, there's no problem.
> That is, scan the OF tables early. Just like PNP tables
> get scanned early, for example.

Heh. If we don't want to be able to make the OF-parsing code
be a module then there is no problem at all. I can use the bus
notifiers. And it is most straightforward solution then.

But I quite dislike to bloat the kernel image with
maybe-never-used-on-this-board code. My aim was to make the
OF-parsing part be a module too. Because in the long run we
need the OF-parsing stuff for _every_ driver that needs
platform data. It's quite expensive to have it always built-in,
don't you think?

Anton Vorontsov

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