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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/7] iommu/arm-smmu-v3: Allow building as a module
Hi Will,

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 03:42:47PM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> Generally, I think unloading the IOMMU driver module while there are
> active users is a pretty bad idea, much like unbinding the driver via
> /sys in the same situation would also be fairly daft. However, I *think*
> the code in __device_release_driver() tries to deal with this by
> iterating over the active consumers and ->remove()ing them first.
> I'm without hardware access at the moment, so I haven't been able to
> test this myself. We could nobble the module_exit() hook, but there's
> still the "force unload" option depending on the .config.

Okay, but besides the force-unload case, can we prevent accidential
unloading by taking a reference to the module in add_device() and release
it in remove_device()?



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