From: Andrew Morton <akpm@os...> - 2005-03-03 00:41:41
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Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 23:32:51 +0000
From: Ian Molton <spyro@...>
To: Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...>
Subject: Initialisation sequencing.
I have a problem. It affects both modular and non modular builds, and I
dont see an obviously correct solution.
The problem is that I have a video chip which supports some GPIOs and an
some LCD functions are controlled via the GPIOs, like backlighting.
so the driver is split into a video driver which exports three GPIO
related functions, and a backlight driver which requires them to work.
Both are on the platform bus.
the problem occurs when the backlight driver gets probed before the
video driver. it tries to access the GPIO functions, which try to write
to random locations as the memory hasnt been ioremap()ed by the as yet
unprobed video driver, and it all predictably falls over in a gibbering
I cant spin at this point without deadlocking the video driver and
ending up never being able to call the gpio functions, for obvious reasons.
I've tried making the backlight driver a child of the video driver,
hoping the probe functions are called in 'bus order', ie. parents first.
I could make the backlight driver initialise late, but that seems like a
hack. scheduling work risks deadlock.
what is the correct solution? does one exist?
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