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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/8] Make fw_devlink=on more forgiving
Hi Saravana,

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 11:26 PM Saravana Kannan <> wrote:
> There are a lot of devices/drivers where they never have a struct device
> created for them or the driver initializes the hardware without ever
> binding to the struct device.
> This series is intended to avoid any boot regressions due to such
> devices/drivers when fw_devlink=on and also address the handling of
> optional suppliers.

Thanks for your series!

> Patch 5 sets up a generic API to handle drivers that never bind with
> their devices.
> Patch 6 through 8 update different frameworks to use the new API.

> driver core: fw_devlink: Handle suppliers that don't use driver core
> irqdomain: Mark fwnodes when their irqdomain is added/removed
> PM: domains: Mark fwnodes when their powerdomain is added/removed
> clk: Mark fwnodes when their clock provider is added/removed

I take it this is an automatic alternative for letting drivers set the
OF_POPULATED flag manually?

Is this actually safe? It's not uncommon for a driver to register
multiple providers, sometimes even of different types (clock, genpd,
irq, reset[1], ...).
Can you be sure consumer drivers do not start probing while their
dependency is still busy registering providers?

[1] Which brings my attention to the fact that devlink does not consider
"resets" properties yet.



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