pinctrl: implement pinctrl deferred probing

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Linus Walleij April 10, 2012, 8:04 a.m.
From: Linus Walleij <>

If drivers try to obtain pinctrl handles for a pin controller that
has not yet registered to the subsystem, we need to be able to
back out and retry with deferred probing. So let's return
-EPROBE_DEFER whenever this location fails.

Cc: Mark Brown <>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Walleij <>
 Documentation/pinctrl.txt    |    5 +++++
 drivers/pinctrl/core.c       |    7 +++++--
 drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c |    4 ++--
 3 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)


diff --git a/Documentation/pinctrl.txt b/Documentation/pinctrl.txt
index eb46b1c..4431c3e7 100644
--- a/Documentation/pinctrl.txt
+++ b/Documentation/pinctrl.txt
@@ -1043,6 +1043,11 @@  quickly poking some registers.
 The pins are allocated for your device when you issue the pinctrl_get() call,
 after this you should be able to see this in the debugfs listing of all pins.
+NOTE: the pinctrl system will return -EPROBE_DEFER if it cannot find the
+requested pinctrl handles, for example if the pinctrl driver has not yet
+registered. Thus make sure that the error path in your driver gracefully
+cleans up and is ready to retry the probing later in the startup process.
 System pin control hogging
diff --git a/drivers/pinctrl/core.c b/drivers/pinctrl/core.c
index 7ff8690..3ae00ab 100644
--- a/drivers/pinctrl/core.c
+++ b/drivers/pinctrl/core.c
@@ -521,8 +521,11 @@  static int add_setting(struct pinctrl *p, struct pinctrl_map const *map)
 		dev_err(p->dev, "unknown pinctrl device %s in map entry",
-		/* Eventually, this should trigger deferred probe */
-		return -ENODEV;
+		/*
+		 * OK let us guess that the driver is not there yet, and
+		 * let's defer obtaining this pinctrl handle to later...
+		 */
+		return -EPROBE_DEFER;
 	switch (map->type) {
diff --git a/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c b/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
index 5ef2feb..8833538 100644
--- a/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
+++ b/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
@@ -124,8 +124,8 @@  static int dt_to_map_one_config(struct pinctrl *p, const char *statename,
 			dev_err(p->dev, "could not find pctldev for node %s\n",
-			/* FIXME: This should trigger deferrered probe */
-			return -ENODEV;
+			/* OK let's just assume this will appear later then */
+			return -EPROBE_DEFER;
 		pctldev = find_pinctrl_by_of_node(np_pctldev);
 		if (pctldev)