[alsa-devel] [PATCH] ALSA: hda - Defer probe when loading patch firmware

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at avionic-design.de
Thu Aug 9 09:08:13 CEST 2012

On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 at 08:57:13AM +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Thu,  9 Aug 2012 08:45:23 +0200,
> Thierry Reding wrote:
> > 
> > Recent changes to the firmware loading helpers cause drivers to stall
> > when firmware is loaded during the module_init() call. The snd-hda-intel
> > module requests firmware if the patch= parameter is used to load a patch
> > file. This patch works around the problem by deferring the probe in such
> > cases, which will cause the module to load successfully and the driver
> > binding to the device outside the module_init() call.
> Is the "recent" change meant 3.6 kernel, or in linux-next?
> In anyway, I don't understand why such a change was allowed.  Most
> drivers do call request_firmware() at the device probing time.
> If this really has to be resolved in the driver side, it must be a bug
> in the firmware loader core code.

A good explanation of the problem and subsequent discussion can be found


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