Re: [lm-sensors] [RFC PATCH 0/2] fs: sysfs: Add devres support

From: Jean Delvare
Date: Mon Mar 18 2013 - 04:03:06 EST

On Sun, 17 Mar 2013 06:19:33 -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 01:39:20PM +0100, Jean Delvare wrote:
> > I'd like to add something at this point.
> >
> > We have historically created the hwmon attributes in the hardware (i2c,
> > platform...) device, and then created an empty hwmon class device on
> > top of it so that libsensors etc. can locate all hardware monitoring
> > chips on the system. This is probably wrong and this may explain the
> > difference of views between Greg and Guenter.
> >
> > I suspect that ideally all hwmon-related attributes should belong to the
> > hwmon-class device and not the physical device. Would doing so solve
> > the problem of is_visible() needing chip-specific information that can
> > only be gathered during probe()? Sure this is an interface change, but
> > a few hwmon drivers already do it that way (the ones without an actual
> > hardware device, e.g. ACPI thermal zones) and libsensors supports this
> > since version 3.0.3, which was released in September 2008 - 4.5 years
> > ago.
> >
> > This would require creating the attributes after calling
> > hwmon_device_register() rather than before, but from the ongoing
> > discussion I seem to understand that the driver core supports creating
> > the attributes for us, possibly at the same time as the class device
> > will be created. Would this solve the userspace timing issue?
> >
> This is what I had in mind as ultimate possibility when I created
> the second API mentioned in my other e-mail.
> struct device *devm_hwmon_device_register(struct device *dev,
> const struct attribute_group **groups)
> The attributes are still attached to dev (ie to the hardware device)
> in my current code, but it should be possible to attach them to the
> hwmon class device instead.
> Problem with that approach is that it makes drivers larger, not smaller,
> at least if is_visible is needed. So it kind of defeats the purpose.
> We can go along that route anyway if people think it is the right or a better
> approach, but I am not sure if it is worth it. I can send out the patches if
> there is interest.

Really, I don't know. All I know is that I do not have any time to
devote to this ATM.

Jean Delvare
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