Re: [PATCH v2 1/4] MFD: Palmas: Check if interrupts property existsand then only request irq

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Tue Jun 18 2013 - 15:12:07 EST

On 06/18/2013 11:33 AM, J, KEERTHY wrote:
> Stephen Warren wrote at Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:53 PM:
...>> No, you should just check the IRQ number.
> something like (!i2c->irq)


>> Consider this:
>> If the device was instantiated from a board file *or* a device tree,
>> i2c->irq is correctly set. Hence, checking that value works in both
>> cases.
>> If you check the interrupts DT property, that will only work if the
>> device was instantiated from device tree, and not if it was
>> instantiated from a board file; the property will never exist in the
>> board file case, and hence you'll never be able to have a board file
>> provide an interrupt.
> The board file approach is getting deprecated for this. I
> Myself removed board file related pdata stuff in one of the patches.
> So going the DeviceTree way.

Even if you're 100% sure this driver will only ever work with DT (which
seems like a bad assumption to make no matter what the circumstance),
it'd still be best to detect whether an IRQ was specified in a generic
way. That way, nobody will read this driver, assume the code is generic,
and just copy/paste it without thinking.
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