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Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:42:14 +0100
From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
To: Matthew Garrett <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Allow userspace to request device probing even if
 defer_all_probes is true

On Wed, Jan 04, 2017 at 12:11:49PM -0600, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 3:13 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
> <> wrote:
> >> Add a force_probe sysfs node to each device, which if written will
> >> trigger a probe even if defer_all_probes is currently true.
> >
> > Why not just manually trigger the bind of the device?  I don't
> > understand the problem here that is being addressed, nor do I understand
> > how this would be used.  More explaination please.
> Userspace doesn't know the order that the kernel will use when
> attempting to bind drivers, so punting binding out to userspace may
> result in different behaviour.

How can the order in which drivers are bound result in different

> The kernel already has the code to do this, so we should just reuse
> it.

That's fine, but I don't understand the problem you are trying to solve,
please explain better.  What am I missing here?


greg k-h

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