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Re: Should bus-less devices default to .user_creatable = false? (was: [P

From: Thomas Huth
Subject: Re: Should bus-less devices default to .user_creatable = false? (was: [PATCH 13/13] bcm2835_cprman: put some peripherals of bcm2835 cprman into the 'misc' category)
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:08:12 +0100
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On 18/11/2020 09.50, Markus Armbruster wrote:
> Markus Armbruster <armbru@redhat.com> writes:
> [...]
>> qdev_device_add() looks like a bus-less device is usable if the machine
>> provides a hotplug handler for it.  Commit 03fcbd9dc5 "qdev: Check for
>> the availability of a hotplug controller before adding a device" seems
>> to be pertinent.
> Nope.  A hotplug handler is only required for hot plug (d'oh!), not for
> cold plug.  
> I wonder whether bus-less devices should default to .user_creatable =
> false like sysbus devices, and for the same reasons.
> To actually *do* something, a physical device requires some connection
> to the rest of the world.  Same for a virtual device (at least the ones
> that model physical devices).

I know at least two virtual devices that are bus-less and cold-pluggable:
hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c and hw/watchdog/wdt_diag288.c ... but we could certainly
mark them with user_creatable = true manually if we decide that bus-less
devices should be handled differently by default.


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