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From: "Andreas Färber" <>
To: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH] base: soc: Export soc_device_to_device() helper
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:10:41 +0100
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Am 11.11.19 um 07:40 schrieb Greg Kroah-Hartman:
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 06:42:05AM +0100, Andreas Färber wrote:
>> Hi Greg,
>> Am 11.11.19 um 06:27 schrieb Greg Kroah-Hartman:
>>> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 05:56:09AM +0100, Andreas Färber wrote:
>>>> Use of soc_device_to_device() in driver modules causes a build failure.
>>>> Given that the helper is nicely documented in include/linux/sys_soc.h,
>>>> let's export it as GPL symbol.
>>> I thought we were fixing the soc drivers to not need this.  What
>>> happened to that effort?  I thought I had patches in my tree (or
>>> someone's tree) that did some of this work already, such that this
>>> symbol isn't needed anymore.
>> I do still see this function used in next-20191108 in drivers/soc/.
>> I'll be happy to adjust my RFC driver if someone points me to how!
> Look at c31e73121f4c ("base: soc: Handle custom soc information sysfs
> entries") for how you can just use the default attributes for the soc to
> create the needed sysfs files, instead of having to do it "by hand"
> which is racy and incorrect.


>> Given the current struct layout, a type cast might work (but ugly).
>> Or if we stay with my current RFC driver design, we could use the
>> platform_device instead of the soc_device (which would clutter the
>> screen more than "soc soc0:") or resort to pr_info() w/o device.
> Ick, no, don't cast blindly.  What do you need the pointer for?  Is this
> for in-tree code?

No, an RFC patchset:

As I indicated above, I used it for a dev_info(), which I can easily
avoid by using pr_info() instead:

diff --git a/drivers/soc/realtek/chip.c b/drivers/soc/realtek/chip.c
index e5078c6731fd..f9380e831659 100644
--- a/drivers/soc/realtek/chip.c
+++ b/drivers/soc/realtek/chip.c
@@ -178,8 +178,7 @@ static int rtd_soc_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)

        platform_set_drvdata(pdev, soc_dev);

-       dev_info(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev),
-               "%s %s (0x%08x) rev %s (0x%08x) detected\n",
+       pr_info("%s %s (0x%08x) rev %s (0x%08x) detected\n",
                soc_dev_attr->family, soc_dev_attr->soc_id, chip_id,
                soc_dev_attr->revision, chip_rev);

But as I said, there is still in-tree code using this helper:

arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/core.c:    return soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Returned from ep93xx_init_soc(), which is passed through by

arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/adssphere.c:       ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/edb93xx.c: ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/gesbc9312.c:       ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/micro9.c:  ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/simone.c:  ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/snappercl15.c:     ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/ts72xx.c:  ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/ts72xx.c:  ep93xx_init_devices();
arch/arm/mach-ep93xx/vision_ep9307.c:   ep93xx_init_devices();

Return value unused everywhere.

arch/arm/mach-imx/cpu.c:        return soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Used as return value of imx_soc_device_init():

arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6q.c: parent = imx_soc_device_init();
arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6sl.c:        parent = imx_soc_device_init();
arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6sx.c:        parent = imx_soc_device_init();
arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6ul.c:        parent = imx_soc_device_init();

These do a NULL check and pass it to of_platform_default_populate().

arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx7d.c: parent = imx_soc_device_init();

This one only does a NULL check.

of_platform_default_populate(NULL, NULL, imx_soc_device_init());

Speaks for itself.

arch/arm/mach-mxs/mach-mxs.c:   parent = soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Passed to of_platform_default_populate().

arch/arm/mach-omap2/id.c:       parent = soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Used for device_create_file().

arch/arm/mach-zynq/common.c:    parent = soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Passed to of_platform_default_populate().

drivers/soc/amlogic/meson-gx-socinfo.c: dev = soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Used for dev_info(). CONFIG_MESON_GX_SOCINFO is bool, thus not affected.

dev_info(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev), "Amlogic %s %s detected\n",

Speaks for itself. CONFIG_MESON_MX_SOCINFO is bool, thus not affected.

drivers/soc/tegra/fuse/fuse-tegra.c:    return soc_device_to_device(dev);

Returned from tegra_soc_device_register(). For arm64 NULL-checked only,
but also used for arm in arch/arm/mach-tegra/tegra.c:tegra_dt_init(),
which passes it to of_platform_default_populate().

drivers/soc/ux500/ux500-soc-id.c:       parent =

Used for device_create_file().

drivers/soc/versatile/soc-integrator.c: dev = soc_device_to_device(soc_dev);

Used for device_create_file().

device_create_file(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev), &realview_manf_attr);
device_create_file(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev), &realview_board_attr);
device_create_file(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev), &realview_arch_attr);
device_create_file(soc_device_to_device(soc_dev), &realview_build_attr);

Speaks for itself.

So, not counting my unmerged Realtek driver,
* we have two cases of struct device being used for dev_info(), which
could be cleaned up with device-less pr_info(), I could post a patch,
* frequent usage in arm/mach-* for of_platform_default_populate(), this
seems most difficult to replace if we neither want to cast nor expose
the struct,
* some simply unused, which could be refactored to return void, and
* some for device_create_file(), which could probably be avoided with

It also raises the question of whether new arm platforms such as RTD1195
(mach-realtek) should attempt to use of_platform_default_populate() with
the soc_device somehow, or if not, whether those platforms should be
refactored to consistently no longer do so?

I believe in the Broken Window Theory, i.e. fixing what we can before
mistakes get copied and propagate further in code; but here I don't see
a perspective for getting rid of soc_device_to_device() completely to
prevent new usages, nor can I test all of those platforms myself.

Has a cleanup based on custom_attr_group been attempted already and is
waiting on patches to get reviewed and merged through maintainer trees,
or do we need to prepare new cleanup patches here? A search for
"soc_device_to_device" on LAKML Patchwork shows only this patch of mine.


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Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-03  1:36 [RFC 00/11] ARM: Realtek RTD1195/RTD1295 SoC info Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 01/11] dt-bindings: soc: Add Realtek RTD1195 chip info binding Andreas Färber
2019-11-06  4:41   ` Rob Herring
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 02/11] soc: Add Realtek chip info driver for RTD1195 and RTD1295 Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:45   ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-11  4:56   ` [PATCH] base: soc: Export soc_device_to_device() helper Andreas Färber
2019-11-11  5:27     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-11-11  5:42       ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-11  6:40         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-11-11 20:10           ` Andreas Färber [this message]
2019-11-12  0:29             ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-12  5:23             ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2019-11-12  7:29               ` Uwe Kleine-König
2019-11-12 10:47                 ` Sense of soc bus? (was: [PATCH] base: soc: Export soc_device_to_device() helper) Andreas Färber
2019-11-14 22:09                   ` Rob Herring
2019-11-15 11:15                     ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-15 11:49                     ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-15  8:52                   ` Neil Armstrong
2019-11-15  8:58                     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-15 12:00                       ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-15 12:34                         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2019-11-18 15:55                           ` Tony Lindgren
2019-11-12 10:48                 ` [PATCH] base: soc: Export soc_device_to_device() helper Lee Jones
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 03/11] arm64: dts: realtek: rtd129x: Add chip info node Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 04/11] ARM: dts: rtd1195: " Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 05/11] dt-bindings: soc: realtek: rtd1195-chip: Extend reg property Andreas Färber
2019-11-06  4:46   ` Rob Herring
2019-11-06  8:42     ` Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 06/11] soc: realtek: chip: Detect RTD1296 Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 07/11] arm64: dts: realtek: rtd129x: Extend chip-info reg with CHIP_INFO1 Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 08/11] soc: realtek: chip: Detect RTD1293 Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 09/11] dt-bindings: soc: realtek: rtd1195-chip: Extend reg node again Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 10/11] soc: realtek: chip: Detect RTD1294 Andreas Färber
2019-11-03  1:36 ` [RFC 11/11] arm64: dts: realtek: rtd129x: Extend chip-info reg with efuse Andreas Färber
2019-11-07  7:16 ` [RFC 00/11] ARM: Realtek RTD1195/RTD1295 SoC info Andreas Färber

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