"Incorrecrt" driver module is loaded?

hi, I’m trying to modify the nv_ov23850.c driver as a “fake” driver which is compiled with the kernel. but for some reason when the unit boots some print outs i.e.:

ov23850 2-0036: probing v4l2 sensor

there is no where in the kernel code this string, there are though with a ‘.’ at the end. How can I identify the code that actually invoked?

hello igal.kroyter,

I’m not really understand your question, doesn’t it expected to probe this sensor driver as you manually enable it?

hi @JerryChang ,
you are correct, it supposed to be probed, but it should not print out strings that are not within driver’s source code. I have searched the whole kernel source for the exact phrase “probing v4l2 sensor”, there are some which have a dot at the end “probing v4l2 sensor**.**” or some with extra string indicating of the adrees of the driver. So I’m not sure which drive was actuallly probed.

please check the driver code, $public_sources/kernel_src/kernel/nvidia/drivers/media/i2c/nv_ov23850.c
it’s printed by below.

static int ov23850_probe(struct i2c_client *client,
                        const struct i2c_device_id *id) 
        struct camera_common_data *common_data;
        struct ov23850 *priv;
        int err; 

        dev_info(&client->dev, "probing v4l2 sensor\n");

this is called by v4l standard probing function.

static struct i2c_driver ov23850_i2c_driver = {

        .probe = ov23850_probe,

@JerryChang ,
I’ve removed this printout, and istead wrote dev_info(&client->dev, “>>>>>>>\n”);

how you update the kernel, please confirm you’ve update this kernel module (i.e. nv_ov23850.ko) correctly.

The sources are positioned at /usr/src
and I invoke

sudo ./nvbuild.sh
Building kernel-5.10 sources
make: Entering directory ‘/usr/src/kernel/kernel-5.10’

No change to .config

make: Leaving directory ‘/usr/src/kernel/kernel-5.10’
CALL scripts/atomic/check-atomics.sh
CALL scripts/checksyscalls.sh
CHK include/generated/compile.h
GEN .version
CHK include/generated/compile.h
UPD include/generated/compile.h
CC init/version.o
AR init/built-in.a
LD vmlinux.o
MODPOST vmlinux.symvers
MODINFO modules.builtin.modinfo
GEN modules.builtin
LD .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms1
KSYMS .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms1.S
AS .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms1.S
LD .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms2
KSYMS .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms2.S
AS .tmp_vmlinux.kallsyms2.S
LD vmlinux
SORTTAB vmlinux
SYSMAP System.map
OBJCOPY arch/arm64/boot/Image

CALL scripts/atomic/check-atomics.sh
CALL scripts/checksyscalls.sh
CHK include/generated/compile.h
CC [M] drivers/media/i2c/nv_ov23850.o
MODPOST modules-only.symvers
GEN Module.symvers
LD [M] drivers/media/i2c/nv_ov23850.ko
Kernel sources compiled successfully.

nv_ov23850.txt (21.2 KB)

how you update this ko file? did you replace it with default one on the target and reboot for confirmation?


I’ve looked in the system for nv_ov23850.ko fount it here:

  1. /usr/src/kernel/kernel-5.10/drivers/media/i2c/nv_ov23850.ko
  2. /usr/lib/modules/5.10.120-tegra/kernel/drivers/media/i2c/nv_ov23850.ko

I guess that upon compilation completion I need to manually copy it from one place to the other. I am copying the kernel Image but was under the impression that the driver is copied automatically…

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