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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 6/8] irqchip/gic-v3-its: Initialize its nodes later
Marc,

thanks for your review.

On 21.08.17 09:30:24, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> +Lorenzo
>
> On 08/08/17 13:22, Robert Richter wrote:
> > Use an initcall to initialize its. This allows us to use the device
> > framework during initialization that is up at this point. We use
> > subsys_initcall() here since we need the arch to be initialized
> > first. It is before pci and platform device probe where devices are
> > bound to msi interrupts.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Robert Richter <rrichter@cavium.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3-its.c | 3 ++-
> > drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3.c | 5 -----
> > include/linux/irqchip/arm-gic-v3.h | 1 -
> > 3 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3-its.c b/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3-its.c
> > index 5e2d4f2876d8..488f811d5978 100644
> > --- a/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3-its.c
> > +++ b/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic-v3-its.c
> > @@ -1994,7 +1994,7 @@ int __init its_probe(struct fwnode_handle *handle, struct rdists *rdists,
> > return 0;
> > }
> >
> > -int __init its_init(void)
> > +static int __init its_init(void)
> > {
> > struct its_node *its, *tmp;
> > int err = 0, err2;
> > @@ -2036,3 +2036,4 @@ int __init its_init(void)
> >
> > return 0;
> > }
> > +subsys_initcall(its_init);
>
> *ding*!
>
> I'm sorry, but that's a total NAK. We're trading hard to maintain
> hardcoded dependencies for even more difficult to deal with, link-order
> driven dependencies. That's exactly what Lorenzo and I have been
> fighting against in the XGene ACPI case, and I'm not going to introduce
> more of this.
>
> We need to break the dependency between the HW and the associated MSI
> domains, not making it tighter. Let the HW be probed at some time, and
> the MSI domains lazily created as needed once the end-points are probed.

I see your point here. the ordering of initialization functions using
initcalls is fragile.

> I'm also pretty worried that (as mentioned in my reply to patch #2) that
> this "make it happen later" games with the initcalls are breaking stuff
> (see how platform devices are instantiated on the back of an
> arch_initcall_sync). As far as I can tell, non-PCI MSI is dead after
> patch #2.

Yes, I missed that as you pointed out in #2. Even if we change it to a
subsys_initcall (not sure if that would generally work for this),
there still would be link order dependencies.

I have tested it and even pci msi has order dependencies that are not
guaranteed:

ffff000008c14e60 t __initcall_its_init4
ffff000008c14e68 t __initcall_its_pci_msi_init4
ffff000008c14e70 t __initcall_its_pmsi_init4

With a different order the intialization would fail here.

> I think there is a number of things to fix in the core code before we
> can start playing that kind of tricks. The major issue I see is that MSI
> domains are expected to be available way too early, at device discovery
> time rather than at driver probe time. This has a cascading effect which
> we should solve first.
>
> I'll try to prototype something...

I will look into this too.

Thanks,

-Robert

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