Re: [PATCH 07/23] gpio: sysfs: rename gpiochip registration functions

From: Alexandre Courbot
Date: Mon Apr 27 2015 - 04:51:22 EST

On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 5:27 PM, Johan Hovold <johan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:54:36PM +0900, Alexandre Courbot wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 12:42 AM, Johan Hovold <johan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Rename the gpio-chip export/unexport functions to the more descriptive
>> > names gpiochip_register and gpiochip_unregister.
>> Since these functions are related to sysfs, wouldn't
>> gpiochip_sysfs_export (or gpiochip_sysfs_register, although the former
>> sounds better to me) be even more descriptive?
> I'm trying to get rid of the made up notion of "exporting" things. What
> we are doing is to register devices with driver core, and that involves
> a representation is sysfs.
> Eventually, a gpio chip should always be registered with driver core and
> this is not directly related to the (by then hopefully legacy)
> sysfs-interface.

I understand and agree, but even after your patch series, registration
of a gpio chip with the driver core is still dependent on the
CONFIG_GPIO_SYSFS option. So maybe you could push the logic further
and either always register GPIO chips (effectively moving the call to
device_create into gpiolib.c) and only keep the legacy bits in

We would then only enable the legacy sysfs interface if
CONFIG_GPIO_SYSFS is set, but the gpiochip nodes would still appear as
long as core sysfs support is compiled in.

>> The renaming should probably also cover the non-static gpiod_*
>> functions of gpiolib-sysfs.c which are equally ambiguous. Basically
>> anything non-static from gpiolib-sysfs.c should have that prefix.
> This would be a different change, and some of those functions are also
> part of the consumer API.

That could be another patch. I don't mind if an exported function name
changes for consistency as long as all in-kernel users are updated as
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