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Subject[PATCH 00/21] On-demand device registration

I have a problem with the panel on my Tegra Chromebook taking longer than
expected to be ready during boot (Stéphane Marchesin reported what is
basically the same issue in [0]), and have looked into ordered probing as a
better way of solving this than moving nodes around in the DT or playing with
initcall levels.

While reading the thread [1] that Alexander Holler started with his series to
make probing order deterministic, it occurred to me that it should be possible
to achieve the same by registering devices as they are referenced by other

This basically reuses the information that is already implicit in the probe()
implementations, saving us from refactoring existing drivers or adding
information to DTBs.

Something I'm not completely happy with is that I have had to move the call to
of_platform_populate after all platform drivers have been registered.
Otherwise I don't see how I could register drivers on demand as we don't have
yet each driver's compatible strings.

For machs that don't move of_platform_populate() to a later point, these
patches shouldn't cause any problems but it's not guaranteed that we'll avoid
all the deferred probes as some drivers may not be registered yet.

I have tested this on boards with Tegra, iMX.6 and Exynos SoCs, and these
patches were enough to eliminate all the deferred probes.

With this series I get the kernel to output to the panel in 0.5s, instead of 2.8s.





Tomeu Vizoso (21):
regulator: core: Reduce critical area in _regulator_get
ARM: tegra: Add gpio-ranges property
ARM: tegra: Register drivers before devices
ARM: EXYNOS: Register drivers before devices
ARM i.MX6q: Register drivers before devices
of/platform: Add of_platform_device_ensure()
of/platform: Ensure device registration on lookup
gpio: Probe GPIO drivers on demand
gpio: Probe pinctrl devices on demand
regulator: core: Probe regulators on demand
drm: Probe panels on demand
drm/tegra: Probe dpaux devices on demand
i2c: core: Probe i2c master devices on demand
pwm: Probe PWM chip devices on demand
backlight: Probe backlight devices on demand
usb: phy: Probe phy devices on demand
clk: Probe clk providers on demand
pinctrl: Probe pinctrl devices on demand
phy: core: Probe phy providers on demand
dma: of: Probe DMA controllers on demand
power-supply: Probe power supplies on demand

arch/arm/boot/dts/tegra124.dtsi | 1 +
arch/arm/mach-exynos/exynos.c | 4 +--
arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6q.c | 12 ++++-----
arch/arm/mach-tegra/tegra.c | 21 ++++++---------
drivers/clk/clk.c | 3 +++
drivers/dma/of-dma.c | 3 +++
drivers/gpio/gpiolib-of.c | 5 ++++
drivers/gpu/drm/drm_panel.c | 3 +++
drivers/gpu/drm/tegra/dpaux.c | 3 +++
drivers/i2c/i2c-core.c | 3 +++
drivers/of/platform.c | 53 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/phy/phy-core.c | 3 +++
drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c | 2 ++
drivers/power/power_supply_core.c | 3 +++
drivers/pwm/core.c | 3 +++
drivers/regulator/core.c | 45 +++++++++++++++----------------
drivers/usb/phy/phy.c | 3 +++
drivers/video/backlight/backlight.c | 3 +++
include/linux/of_platform.h | 2 ++
19 files changed, 130 insertions(+), 45 deletions(-)


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