[PATCH v2 10/45] drivers: tty: serial: zs: use devm_* functions
Maciej W. Rozycki
macro at linux-mips.org
Mon Mar 18 19:03:54 AEDT 2019
On Sat, 16 Mar 2019, Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult wrote:
> > No, it's just that those systems do not allow those devices to be
> > removed because they are probably not on a removable bus.
> Ok, devices (hw) might not be removable - that also the case for uarts
> builtin some SoCs, or the good old PC w/ 8250. But does that also mean
> that the driver should not be removable ?
> IMHO, even if that's the case, it's still inconsistent. The driver then
> shouldn't support a remove at all (or even builtin only), not just
> incomplete remove.
This device (as well as `dz') is typically used for the serial console as
well, so being built-in is the usual configuration. Nevertheless modular
operation is supposed to be supported, however it may not have been
verified for ages.
A further complication is in the virtual console configuration one of the
serial lines is dedicated for the keyboard, so again you want the driver
built-in (although hooking up the virtual console keyboard this way has
been broken with the conversion to the serial core in the 2.6 timeframe
and I have never figured it out how it is supposed to be done correctly
with the new serial infrastructure and SERIO_SERPORT; I believe some
platforms do it with the use of horrible hacks rather than SERIO_SERPORT).
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