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Date:   Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:18:04 -0400
From:   Pierre-Louis Bossart <pierre-louis.bossart@...ux.intel.com>
To:     Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>
Cc:     alsa-devel@...a-project.org, Jie Yang <yang.jie@...ux.intel.com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, stable@...r.kernel.org,
        Liam Girdwood <liam.r.girdwood@...ux.intel.com>,
        Jarkko Nikula <jarkko.nikula@...ux.intel.com>,
        Curtis Malainey <cujomalainey@...omium.org>,
        Guenter Roeck <linux@...ck-us.net>
Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] [PATCH] ASoC: intel: Fix crash at suspend/resume
 after failed codec registration

On 3/25/19 8:12 AM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 09:55:46AM -0400, Pierre-Louis Bossart wrote:
> 
>> I'd like to highlight that there is a fundamental flaw in the way the
>> machine drivers are handled. Since we don't have a hook for the machine
>> driver in the BIOS, the DSP driver creates a platform_device which will
>> instantiate the machine driver. When errors happen in the machine driver
>> probe, they are suppressed due to a 'feature' of the device model, so you
>> can end-up with a broken configuration that is still reported as a
>> successful strobe.
> 
> These are driver specific issues not device model issues as far as I can
> see?  The issue fixed by this as is that you're storing a pointer in the
> ASoC level (not device model level) probe that you don't free when the
> component is unbound, causing you to dereference it later during
> suspend.  There is absolutely no problem with the machine driver not
> being guaranteed to bind at the time it's initially registered, that's
> perfectly normal and should cause no problems.

Agree, what I was referring is that if the machine probe and card 
registration fails (not just deferred), the parent acpi/pci driver isn't 
notified - there is just no means to provide that information and that 
leads to all kinds of configuration issues.

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