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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/6] irqchip: Hybrid probing
On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 2:51 AM Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> On 2020-09-15 22:13, Rob Herring wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 01:51:42PM +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> >> A recent attempt at converting a couple of interrupt controllers from
> >> early probing to standard platform drivers have badly failed, as it
> >> became evident that although an interrupt controller can easily probe
> >> late, device drivers for the endpoints connected to it are rarely
> >> equipped to deal with probe deferral. Changes were swiftly reverted.
> >>
> >> However, there is some value in *optionally* enabling this, if only
> >> for development purposes, as there is otherwise a "chicken and egg"
> >> problem, and a few people (cc'd) are working on a potential solution.
> >>
> >> This short series enables the infrastructure for modular building
> >> whilst retaining the usual early probing for monolithic build, and
> >> introduces it to the three drivers that were previously made to probe
> >> as platform drivers.
> >
> > I hardly expected more OF_DECLARE macros when I opened this up. Given
> > desires to get rid of them, I don't think adding to it is the way
> > forward. That wrapping a platform driver around OF_DECLARE looks pretty
> > horrible IMO.
>
> Nobody said it was cute. It's a band aid that allows us to move from the
> status-quo that exists today. How would you propose we allow people to
> go and start "fixing" drivers if you don't give them the opportunity
> to even start trying?

Apply the reverted patches and start fixing the drivers.

> > I browsed some of the discussion around this. It didn't seem like it's
> > a large number of drivers that have to be fixed to defer probe
> > correctly. Am I missing something?
>
> Well, that was enough drivers for the two platforms that had it enabled
> to break horribly, without a way to go back to a working state. Do you
> find that acceptable? I don't.

I understand reverting for v5.9, that was the right choice. But
Mediatek had 3 drivers broken. Is there more to it than getting
EPROBE_DEFER handled correctly in those drivers?

> > I'd rather keep the pressure on getting fw_devlink on by default.
>
> So far, fw_devlink breaks everything under the sun, even without modular
> irqchips. Most of my systems fail to boot if I enable it. So yes, it
> really needs some work. And this series allows this work to happen.

I think we can do something more simple here. We just need to
instantiate the irqchip devices earlier to get them to probe first and
not cause deferrals. That's just a matter of calling
of_platform_device_create() in an earlier initcall (<=
arch_initcall_sync ('=' because of link order)). Then once dependent
drivers are all fixed, all that has to be done is rip out that
initcall and the default of_platform_populate call will create the
device instead.

Rob

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