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SubjectRe: [PATCH] AB3100 regulator support v1
On Sun, 30 Aug 2009, Mark Brown wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 01:03:38AM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
>
> [While setting up a child platform device from a platform driver
> probe...]
>
> > >> +     /* This would seem logical but makes everything break... */
> > >> +     /* pdev->dev.parent = parent; */
>
> > > Err...  it does?  In what way?
>
> > The sub-platform devices are added, but when I add a platform driver for
> > them, the probing does not commence, because they hang in
> > driver base/dd.c: __driver_attach() trying to take the parent semaphore,
> > i.e. this line:
>
> > if (dev->parent) /* Needed for USB */
> > down(&dev->parent->sem);
>
> > In this case the parent is ab3100-regulators, the platform device for
> > the set of regulators.
>
> On the face of it (and without having actually looked at a running
> system or anything yet) I'm rather surprised that platform based MFD
> drivers aren't running into this issue more often. CCing in Alan who
> made the change.

I'm not at all familiar with the detailed issues involved here.
Perhaps because of this, I don't see why there's any reason for
deadlocking. __driver_attach() is invoked when a new driver is
registered; to avoid problems all you have to do is make sure you
aren't holding any device locks when you register a driver.

In general, drivers are registered as part of a module initialization
routine, which is quite separate from device probing. Hence the code
doing the registration doesn't hold any locks.

Is the problem that the probe routine for a platform device is
registering some child devices and then registering a driver for them?
If that's the case, the problem can be solved by doing thing in the
opposite order: Register the driver _before_ registering the devices it
is supposed to manage. Then __driver_attach() won't run --
device_attach() will instead -- so the problem won't arise.

Alan Stern

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