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Date:   Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:46:47 +0800
From:   Wei Yang <richardw.yang@...ux.intel.com>
To:     Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
Cc:     Wei Yang <richardw.yang@...ux.intel.com>,
        linux-nvdimm <linux-nvdimm@...ts.01.org>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] libnvdimm: Clarify nd_pfn_init() flow

On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 04:29:08PM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
>On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 4:26 PM Wei Yang <richardw.yang@...ux.intel.com> wrote:
>[..]
>> >@@ -706,6 +711,22 @@ static int nd_pfn_init(struct nd_pfn *nd_pfn)
>> >               sig = DAX_SIG;
>> >       else
>> >               sig = PFN_SIG;
>> >+
>> >+      /*
>> >+       * Check for an existing 'pfn' superblock before writing a new
>> >+       * one. The intended flow is that on the first probe of an
>> >+       * nd_{pfn,dax} device the superblock is calculated and written
>> >+       * to the namespace. In this case nd_pfn_validate() returns
>> >+       * -ENODEV because no valid superblock exists currently.
>>
>> As you replied in following mail:
>>
>> 3/ If present, nd_pfn_validate() returns 0 and nd_dax_probe()
>> registers the dax0.1 device (this is a libnvdimm 'personality device).
>>
>> So at this point, nd_pfn_validate() return 0 or -ENODEV?
>
>In this case 0, because the configuration was successfully validated.
>
>-ENODEV, is only returned for the initial case where we want the
>kernel to write the configuration.
>
>All other error codes are an actual failure and the probe procedure stops.

To be honest, this maybe crystal clear for you. But I still feel a little
confused. Especially on differentiating those cases. How many cases we have? 

And what's your first probe mean? This the nd_btt/pfn/dax_probe()? or the
linux driver probe?

-- 
Wei Yang
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