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From: Grygorii Strashko <>
To: Arnd Bergmann <>,
	Richard Cochran <>
Cc: Clay McClure <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Sekhar Nori <>, Networking <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: cpts: Condition WARN_ON on PTP_1588_CLOCK
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 14:16:11 +0300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


On 21/04/2020 00:42, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:34 PM Richard Cochran
> <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:21:20PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>> It's not great, but we have other interfaces like this that can return NULL for
>>> success when the subsystem is disabled. The problem is when there is
>>> a mismatch between the caller treating NULL as failure when it is meant to
>>> be "successful lack of object returned".
>> Yeah, that should be fixed.
>> To be clear, do you all see a need to change the stubbed version of
>> ptp_clock_register() or not?
> No, if the NULL return is only meant to mean "nothing wrong, keep going
> wihtout an object", that's fine with me. It does occasionally confuse driver
> writers (as seen here), so it's not a great interface, but there is no general
> solution to make it better.

As per commit
commit d1cbfd771ce8297fa11e89f315392de6056a2181
Author: Nicolas Pitre <>
Date:   Fri Nov 11 00:10:07 2016 -0500

     ptp_clock: Allow for it to be optional
     In order to break the hard dependency between the PTP clock subsystem and
     ethernet drivers capable of being clock providers, this patch provides
     simple PTP stub functions to allow linkage of those drivers into the
     kernel even when the PTP subsystem is configured out. Drivers must be
     ready to accept NULL from ptp_clock_register() in that case.
     And to make it possible for PTP to be configured out, the select statement
     in those driver's Kconfig menu entries is converted to the new "imply"
     statement. This way the PTP subsystem may have Kconfig dependencies of
     its own, such as POSIX_TIMERS, without having to make those ethernet
     drivers unavailable if POSIX timers are cconfigured out. And when support
     for POSIX timers is selected again then the default config option for PTP
     clock support will automatically be adjusted accordingly.

the idea of using "imply" is to keep networking enabled even if PTP is configured out
and this exactly what happens with cpts driver.
Another question is that CPTS completely nonfunctional in this case and it was never
expected that somebody will even try to use/run such configuration (except for random build purposes).

Best regards,

  reply	other threads:[~2020-04-22 11:16 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-16  8:56 Clay McClure
2020-04-16 11:11 ` Grygorii Strashko
2020-04-20  9:36   ` Clay McClure
2020-04-20 14:38     ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-04-20 17:00       ` Richard Cochran
2020-04-20 18:57         ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-04-20 21:18           ` Richard Cochran
2020-04-20 21:21             ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-04-20 21:34               ` Richard Cochran
2020-04-20 21:42                 ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-04-22 11:16                   ` Grygorii Strashko [this message]
2020-04-26  2:41                     ` Clay McClure

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