Re: [PATCH v2 6/7] PCI: Make sure VF's driver get attached afterPF's

From: Ben Hutchings
Date: Mon May 20 2013 - 12:07:26 EST

On Mon, 2013-05-20 at 15:28 +0300, Or Gerlitz wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 7:12 PM, Greg Rose <gregory.v.rose@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I'm really not a fan of this. Seems to me the tail is wagging the dog
> > here. Fix the driver to work without a PF driver being present.
> Greg, Alex,
> As I wrote over the V1 thread, currently we can't go and patch mlx4 to
> use the sysfs API nor defer the call from within our probe function to
> enable sriov since this requires some firmware change to allow
> enabling SRIOV after some resources are initialized/provisioned.
> Hence the patch suggested here or any other patch we can agree on
> which will make sure that VF probing is done only once the PF is ready
> is preferred, I think.
> I wasn't sure to totally follow on the argument that things need to
> work when the PF is absent in the sense there's no driver instance
> around over which the PF is probed, if you can explain little better,
> that would help.

It might be sufficient to return -EPROBE_DEFER from the VF probe
function when the PF is not yet ready, if you can easily detect that.


Ben Hutchings, Staff Engineer, Solarflare
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