[PATCH (Option 1)] of/i2c: fix module load order issue caused by of_i2c.c

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Thu Sep 30 00:42:51 EST 2010

On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:20:54 +0100, Ben Dooks wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 04:14:53PM -0600, Grant Likely wrote:
> > Commit 959e85f7, "i2c: add OF-style registration and binding" caused a
> > module dependency loop where of_i2c.c calls functions in i2c-core, and
> > i2c-core calls of_i2c_register_devices() in of_i2c.  This means that
> > when i2c support is built as a module when CONFIG_OF is set, then
> > neither i2c_core nor of_i2c are able to be loaded.
> > 
> > This patch fixes the problem by moving the of_i2c_register_devices()
> > function into the body of i2c_core and renaming it to
> > i2c_scan_of_devices (of_i2c_register_devices is analogous to the
> > existing i2c_scan_static_board_info function and so should be named
> > similarly).  This function isn't called by any code outside of
> > i2c_core, and it must always be present when CONFIG_OF is selected, so
> > it makes sense to locate it there.  When CONFIG_OF is not selected,
> > of_i2c_register_devices() becomes a no-op.
> I sort of go with this one.

Actually I would prefer option #2, even though I understand it won't
make Grant too happy. Having a large chunk of OF-specific code in
i2c-core, leaving of_i2c.c almost empty, doesn't seem right.

I took a look at what other relevant subsystems do. SPI is boolean so it
doesn't have the issue. MDIO is tristate, the registration function is
in of_mdio.c and individual drivers call it. And there are a lot more
of these (9) than i2c drivers (3).

So I would let individual drivers call of_i2c_register_devices(), as it
used to be until 2.6.35. 2 extra functions calls doesn't seem a high
price to pay to keep the code logically separated. This also make
things consistent, with all OF registration functions living under

Jean Delvare

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