[RFC PATCH] Add bridge driver to connect sensors to CIO2 device via software nodes on ACPI platforms

Andy Shevchenko andriy.shevchenko at linux.intel.com
Mon Sep 21 14:33:03 UTC 2020

On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 02:33:57PM +0100, Dan Scally wrote:
> On 18/09/2020 14:07, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 10:51:57AM +0300, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> >> On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 03:45:14PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> >>> On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 11:52:28AM +0100, Dan Scally wrote:
> >>>> On 17/09/2020 11:33, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> >>>>> a module and not enlarge everyone's kernel, and the initialisation would at
> >>>>> the same time take place before the rest of what the CIO2 driver does in
> >>>>> probe.
> >>>> I thought of that as well, but wasn't sure which was preferable. I can
> >>>> compress it into the CIO2 driver though sure.
> >>> Sakari, I tend to agree with Dan and have the board file separated from the
> >>> driver and even framework.
> >> And it'll be linked to the kernel binary then I suppose?
> > Solely depends to your Kconfig dependencies and declaration.
> >
> > From code perspective you may do it before enumeration of the certain device or
> > after with reprobe.
> >
> >> I don't have a strong opinion either way, just thought that this will
> >> affect anyone using x86 machines, whether or not they have IPU3. I guess it
> >> could be compiled in if the ipu3-cio2 driver is enabled?
> > Of course!
> Apologies both - my inexperience is showing here: I thought you couldn't
> make it compile into the kernel where it's dependent on another piece of
> code that's configured to be a module? In my case, ipu3-cio2 plus some
> other dependencies are configured as modules; VIDEO_DEV and VIDEO_V4L2
> notably. Is that not right?

It's not correct.

We specifically have export.h (usually implied by module.h) which provides an
API for symbols that may be used in modules independently on where they are
(in-kernel or in a module).

So, provider does

int foo();

int foo()
EXPORT_SYMBOL(foo); // normally is EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL() in use

	#include <bar.h>

	ret = foo();

> It would probably make the probe() ordering issues easier if it could be
> compiled in, since I could just rely on late_initcall() in that case and
> I guess that should work.

So, you may have two cases, your module went first, the other module went
first. Some similar problems as your bridge is trying to address are mitigated
in intel_cht_int33fe_typec.c. Look at it. It's not an ideal example, but that's
due to miserable ACPI tables BIOS provided.

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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