[PATCH 00/27] Export I2C and OF module aliases in missing drivers

Javier Martinez Canillas javier at osg.samsung.com
Fri Jul 31 03:13:44 AEST 2015

Hello Dmitry,

Thanks a lot for your feedback.

On 07/30/2015 06:37 PM, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 09:35:17AM -0700, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
>> Hi Javier,
>> On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 06:18:25PM +0200, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Short version:
>>> This series add the missing MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE() for OF and I2C tables
>>> to export that information so modules have the correct aliases built-in
>>> and autoloading works correctly.
>>> Longer version:
>>> Currently it's mandatory for I2C drivers to have an I2C device ID table
>>> regardless if the device was registered using platform data or OF. This
>>> is because the I2C core needs an I2C device ID table for two reasons:
>>> 1) Match the I2C client with a I2C device ID so a struct i2c_device_id
>>>    is passed to the I2C driver probe() function.
>>> 2) Export the module aliases from the I2C device ID table so userspace
>>>    can auto-load the correct module. This is because i2c_device_uevent
>>>    always reports a MODALIAS of the form i2c:<client->name>.
>> Why are we not fixing this? We emit specially carved uevent for
>> ACPI-based devices, why not the same for OF? Platform bus does this...
> Ah, now I see the 27/27 patch. I think it is exactly what we need. And

Yes, patch 27/27 is needed but the problem is as I explained before that
there are drivers relying on the current behavior. The item c) in the list
of issues that I mentioned. So those drivers need to be fixed before that
patch is merged...

> probably for SPI bus as well.

Yes, I didn't mention SPI because the cover letter became too long
already but it does indeed have the same issue and I discussed this
with  Mark already some time ago [0].

Once I2C uevent report is fixed, I plan to do the same for SPI.

> Thanks.

[0]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/9/11/458

Best regards,
Javier Martinez Canillas
Open Source Group
Samsung Research America

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