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SubjectRe: Regression in kernel 3.8-rc1 bisected to commit adfa79d: I now get many "unable to enumerate USB device" messages
On 12/26/2012 09:56 PM, Alan Stern wrote:
> This looks like a matter of getting modules to load in the right order.
> Apparently your OHCI controller doesn't work right if the EHCI driver
> isn't present. Before the troublesome commit, this meant ehci-hcd had
> to be loaded before ohci-hcd. Now it means ehci-hcd and ehci-pci both
> have to be loaded before ohci-hcd.
> In the dmesg log you provided, ehci-hcd was loaded before ohci-hcd but
> ehci-pci was loaded after. Of course, when everything is built into
> the kernel (not as modules) then questions of loading order don't
> arise.
> You can test this hypothesis by booting a kernel without that commit
> and blacklisting ehci-hcd, so that it doesn't get loaded automatically.
> See if the errors start to come, and see if they stop when you load
> ehci-hcd manually.

I could not do exactly the experiment that you wanted, as ehci-hcd was loaded
even though it was blacklisted. Rather than solve that problem, I generated a
kernel from just before commit adfa79d with ohci-hcd built in and ehci-hcd as a
module. This one generated the errors, but they stopped when ehci-hcd loaded. I
also tested a 3.8-rc1 kernel with ehci-hcd and ehcd-pci built in and ohci-hcd as
a module. No errors for that one. Your hypothesis looks correct.

I hope there is some way to force ehci-pci to load as soon as ehci-hcd is
loaded, and before ohci-hcd loads, but if there is not, I know how to prevent
the errors on my system even though this solution won't help the users of distro
kernels. At least this time the errors stop once all 3 modules are loaded, and
the number of error outputs is limited.



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