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Subject[PATCH] move meth's probe function to .devinit.text
A pointer to meth_probe is passed to the core via
platform_driver_register and so the function must not disappear when the
.init sections are discarded. Otherwise (if also having HOTPLUG=y)
unbinding and binding a device to the driver via sysfs will result in an
oops as does a device being registered late.

An alternative to this patch is using platform_driver_probe instead of
platform_driver_register plus removing the pointer to the probe function
from the struct platform_driver.

Signed-off-by: Uwe Kleine-König <>
drivers/net/meth.c | 2 +-
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/meth.c b/drivers/net/meth.c
index c336a1f..8947129 100644
--- a/drivers/net/meth.c
+++ b/drivers/net/meth.c
@@ -775,7 +775,7 @@ static int meth_ioctl(struct net_device *dev, struct ifreq *rq, int cmd)
* The init function.
-static int __init meth_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
+static int __devinit meth_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
struct net_device *dev;
struct meth_private *priv;
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