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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] driver core: Ensure wait_for_device_probe() waits until the deferred_probe_timeout fires
Hi John,

On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 9:50 AM Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 9:06 AM John Stultz <john.stultz@linaro.org> wrote:
> > In commit c8c43cee29f6 ("driver core: Fix
> > driver_deferred_probe_check_state() logic"), we set the default
> > driver_deferred_probe_timeout value to 30 seconds to allow for
> > drivers that are missing dependencies to have some time so that
> > the dependency may be loaded from userland after initcalls_done
> > is set.
> >
> > However, Yoshihiro Shimoda reported that on his device that
> > expects to have unmet dependencies (due to "optional links" in
> > its devicetree), was failing to mount the NFS root.
> >
> > In digging further, it seemed the problem was that while the
> > device properly probes after waiting 30 seconds for any missing
> > modules to load, the ip_auto_config() had already failed,
> > resulting in NFS to fail. This was due to ip_auto_config()
> > calling wait_for_device_probe() which doesn't wait for the
> > driver_deferred_probe_timeout to fire.
> >
> > This patch tries to fix the issue by creating a waitqueue
> > for the driver_deferred_probe_timeout, and calling wait_event()
> > to make sure driver_deferred_probe_timeout is zero in
> > wait_for_device_probe() to make sure all the probing is
> > finished.
> >
> > NOTE: I'm not 100% sure this won't have other unwanted side
> > effects (I don't have failing hardware myself to validate),
> > so I'd apprecate testing and close review.
> >
> > If this approach doesn't work, I'll simply set the default
> > driver_deferred_probe_timeout value back to zero, to avoid any
> > behavioral change from before.
> >
> > Thanks to Geert for chasing down that ip_auto_config was why NFS
> > was failing in this case!
> >
> > Cc: "David S. Miller" <davem@davemloft.net>
> > Cc: Alexey Kuznetsov <kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru>
> > Cc: Hideaki YOSHIFUJI <yoshfuji@linux-ipv6.org>
> > Cc: Jakub Kicinski <kuba@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
> > Cc: Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@rjwysocki.net>
> > Cc: Rob Herring <robh@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>
> > Cc: Yoshihiro Shimoda <yoshihiro.shimoda.uh@renesas.com>
> > Cc: netdev <netdev@vger.kernel.org>
> > Cc: linux-pm@vger.kernel.org
> > Reported-by: Yoshihiro Shimoda <yoshihiro.shimoda.uh@renesas.com>
> > Fixes: c8c43cee29f6 ("driver core: Fix driver_deferred_probe_check_state() logic")
> > Signed-off-by: John Stultz <john.stultz@linaro.org>
>
> Thanks, this fixes the issue for me!
>
> Tested-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@glider.be>

Unfortunately this adds another delay of ca. 30 s to mounting NFS root
when using a kernel config that does include IOMMU and MODULES
support.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

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Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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