Re: [PATCH] device model: Do a quickcheck for driver binding beforedoing an expensive check

From: Cornelia Huck
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 10:58:21 EST

On Mon, 15 Sep 2008 07:06:44 -0700,
Arjan van de Ven <arjan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Sep 2008 13:32:26 +0200
> Cornelia Huck <cornelia.huck@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sun, 14 Sep 2008 08:32:06 -0700,
> > Arjan van de Ven <arjan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > > This patch adds a quick check for the driver<->device match before
> > > taking the locks and doin gthe expensive checks. Taking the lock
> > > hurts in asynchronous boot context where the device lock gets hit;
> > > one of the init functions takes the lock and goes to do an
> > > expensive hardware init; the other init functions walk the same PCI
> > > list and get stuck on the lock as a result.
> >
> > Hm, you call bus->match twice now; once without dev->sem held and once
> > with it. For the busses I'm familiar with that shouldn't be a problem,
> > but are you sure there aren't busses which want dev->sem held?
> > (Although I think not relying on dev->sem would be the sane thing...)
> As far as I can see it's ok, but if not I obviously like to hear about
> it SOON :)

I don't see any problem on the s390 busses, and pci and usb look OK as
well at a glance.

> > >
> > > For the common case, we can know there's no chance whatsoever of a
> > > match if the device isn't in the drivers ID table... so this patch
> > > does that check as a best-effort-avoid-the-lock approach.
> >
> > I've always thought of ->match being a quick check which just looks at
> > the IDs with ->probe doing the heavier stuff, so this should be
> > reasonable (if all busses play nicely). But driver_probe_device()
> > still calls ->match a second time, and device_attach() will thus
> > always call ->match under the lock. Should it be moved out of the
> > lock there as well?
> having a second check is actually not a bad thing per se; in terms of
> programming pattern, doing the quick checks before the lock, but doing
> the final check inside the lock makes sense to me. If there's real
> objections to doing the match the second time (it's cheap!) I'll remove
> it, but this way, you can call the "heavy" function always and from
> anywhere, and it'll just do the right thing no matter what. I kinda like
> that as concept ;)

OK, you have a point. I just find it a bit ugly; especially as the
->probe function will check if the device matches as well (by poking at
the device).

But I'd be fine with either way :)

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