1. 12 May, 2013 1 commit
    • Rafael J. Wysocki's avatar
      Driver core: Add offline/online device operations · 4f3549d7
      Rafael J. Wysocki authored
      
      
      In some cases, graceful hot-removal of devices is not possible,
      although in principle the devices in question support hotplug.
      For example, that may happen for the last CPU in the system or
      for memory modules holding kernel memory.
      
      In those cases it is nice to be able to check if the given device
      can be gracefully hot-removed before triggering a removal procedure
      that cannot be aborted or reversed.  Unfortunately, however, the
      kernel currently doesn't provide any support for that.
      
      To address that deficiency, introduce support for offline and
      online operations that can be performed on devices, respectively,
      before a hot-removal and in case when it is necessary (or convenient)
      to put a device back online after a successful offline (that has not
      been followed by removal).  The idea is that the offline will fail
      whenever the given device cannot be gracefully removed from the
      system and it will not be allowed to use the device after a
      successful offline (until a subsequent online) in analogy with the
      existing CPU offline/online mechanism.
      
      For now, the offline and online operations are introduced at the
      bus type level, as that should be sufficient for the most urgent use
      cases (CPUs and memory modules).  In the future, however, the
      approach may be extended to cover some more complicated device
      offline/online scenarios involving device drivers etc.
      
      The lock_device_hotplug() and unlock_device_hotplug() functions are
      introduced because subsequent patches need to put larger pieces of
      code under device_hotplug_lock to prevent race conditions between
      device offline and removal from happening.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarRafael J. Wysocki <rafael.j.wysocki@intel.com>
      Acked-by: default avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
      Reviewed-by: default avatarToshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com>
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