Re: [PATCH 15/90] staging: comedi: adv_pci1723: movecomedi_pci_enable() into the attach

From: gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu Jul 19 2012 - 20:15:44 EST

On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 06:58:38PM -0500, H Hartley Sweeten wrote:
> On Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:35 PM, gregkh wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 06:31:23PM -0500, H Hartley Sweeten wrote:
> >> If the comedi pci drivers have the "attach_pci" callback defined, the
> >> PCI api does correctly probe the driver. The comedi_pci_auto_config()
> >> then passes the pci_dev directly to the driver and the search of the
> >> PCI space for the device is not required.
> >>
> >> If the "attach_pci" callback is not defined, the comedi_pci_auto_config()
> >> then falls back to passing the bus/slot information to the driver and uses
> >> the "attach" callback. In this case we could probably fast-track the search
> >> by using pci_get_slot() instead of doing the for_each_pci_dev() loop.
> >>
> >> I think the problem is the COMEDI_DEVCONFIG ioctl. The userspace
> >> utility 'comedi_config' uses that ioctl to link a device node to a
> >> comedi driver. That utility allows passing the bus/slot information
> >> but it's not required. This means we have to search the PCI space
> >> for the pci_dev that matches the driver.
> >
> > The ioctl shouldn't be needed anymore for PCI or USB devices, as the
> > kernel handles the matching of the driver to the device. Even if it
> > didn't, there are other more "standard" ways that you can bind devices
> > to drivers (through sysfs.)
> I think it's still needed for some of the devices that require external
> firmware. The comedi_config utility allows the user to remove the
> driver binding and then reattach to it while passing the firmware blob
> into the driver.

Why would the driver need to be unbound from the device to do this?

> Not saying any of this is valid... And yes, there probably is a more
> "standard" way to do this. I just need a hint of what that is... ;-)

The "bind" and "unbind" files in sysfs are for that.


greg k-h
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