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Date:   Thu, 7 Oct 2021 07:37:40 +0200
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
To:     Stephen Boyd <>
        Daniel Vetter <>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>,
        Rob Clark <>,
        Russell King <>,
        Saravana Kannan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 02/34] component: Introduce the aggregate bus_type

On Wed, Oct 06, 2021 at 12:37:47PM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> The component driver only provides 'bind' and 'unbind' callbacks to tell
> the host driver that it is time to assemble the aggregate driver now
> that all the components have probed. The component driver model doesn't
> attempt to resolve runtime PM or suspend/resume ordering, and explicitly
> mentions this in the code. This lack of support leads to some pretty
> gnarly usages of the 'prepare' and 'complete' power management hooks in
> drivers that host the aggregate device, and it fully breaks down when
> faced with ordering shutdown between the various components, the
> aggregate driver, and the host driver that registers the whole thing.
> In a concrete example, the MSM display driver at drivers/gpu/drm/msm is
> using 'prepare' and 'complete' to call the drm helpers
> drm_mode_config_helper_suspend() and drm_mode_config_helper_resume()
> respectively, so that it can move the aggregate driver suspend/resume
> callbacks to be before and after the components that make up the drm
> device call any suspend/resume hooks they have. This only works as long
> as the component devices don't do anything in their own 'prepare' and
> 'complete' callbacks. If they did, then the ordering would be incorrect
> and we would be doing something in the component drivers before the
> aggregate driver could do anything. Yuck!
> Similarly, when trying to add shutdown support to the MSM driver we run
> across a problem where we're trying to shutdown the drm device via
> drm_atomic_helper_shutdown(), but some of the devices in the encoder
> chain have already been shutdown. This time, the component devices
> aren't the problem (although they could be if they did anything in their
> shutdown callbacks), but there's a DSI to eDP bridge in the encoder
> chain that has already been shutdown before the driver hosting the
> aggregate device runs shutdown. The ordering of driver probe is like
> this:
>  1. msm_pdev_probe() (host driver)
>  2. DSI bridge
>  3. aggregate bind
> When it comes to shutdown we have this order:
>  1. DSI bridge
>  2. msm_pdev_shutdown() (host driver)
> and so the bridge is already off, but we want to communicate to it to
> turn things off on the display during msm_pdev_shutdown(). Double yuck!
> Unfortunately, this time we can't split shutdown into multiple phases
> and swap msm_pdev_shutdown() with the DSI bridge.
> Let's make the component driver into an actual device driver that has
> probe/remove/shutdown functions. The driver will only be bound to the
> aggregate device once all component drivers have called component_add()
> to indicate they're ready to assemble the aggregate driver. This allows
> us to attach shutdown logic (and in the future runtime PM logic) to the
> aggregate driver so that it runs the hooks in the correct order.

Why are you creating a new bus type and not using the auxiliary bus

You have seen Documentation/driver-api/auxiliary_bus.rst, right?


greg k-h

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