[RFC/RFT] p54spi: Convert driver to use asynchronous firmware loading

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net
Mon Feb 13 00:26:37 UTC 2012

On 02/12/2012 06:20 PM, Max Filippov wrote:
>> Drivers that load firmware from their probe routine have problems with the
>> latest versions of udev as they get timeouts while waiting for user
>> space to start. The problem is fixed by using request_firmware_nowait()
>> and delaying the start of mac80211 until the firmware is loaded.
>> To prevent the possibility of the driver being unloaded while the firmware
>> loading callback is still active, a completion queue entry is used.
>> Signed-off-by: Larry Finger<Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net>
>> ---
>> This conversion of p54spi to use asynchronous firmware loading is based
>> on the method used in p54usb. As I do not have the hardware, it is only
>> compile tested. I would appreciate any feedback from people that have the
>> hardware.
> Hi, Larry.
> Are there any prerequisites for this patch?
> For now I'm applying it to the linux-omap ToT and having the following:

No, there are no prerequisites; however, as Michael Buesch noted, I missed the 
eeprom loading. This patch will not work.

I am currently testing an approach that is much simpler. Rather than using 
request_firmware_nowait(), I am having the probe routine start a work queue, and 
let that routine do a normal request_firmware(). This form of the patch is a lot 
less intrusive.

I hope to post a revised patch within a day.

Thanks for testing.


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