Re: [RFC][PATCH V3] axi: add AXI bus driver

From: Greg KH
Date: Tue Apr 12 2011 - 11:18:04 EST

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 07:41:18AM +0200, RafaÅ MiÅecki wrote:
> > You can't do that, no static struct devices please. ÂMake these dynamic
> > and everything will be fine. ÂThe -mm tree used to have a huge warning
> > if you ever tried to register a statically allocated struct, but that
> > didn't really work out, but would have saved you a lot of time here,
> > sorry.
> >
> > So dynamically allocate the structures and you will be fine.
> Well, I saw that along kernel, I had no idea there is anything wrong
> about this. It seems more ppl do not know about this:
> struct radeon_ib ibs[RADEON_IB_POOL_SIZE];
> struct radeon_pm_clock_info clock_info[8];
> struct radeon_pm_profile profiles[PM_PROFILE_MAX];
> struct radeon_surface_reg surface_regs[RADEON_GEM_MAX_SURFACES];

Are you sure these are all containing a 'struct device'?

> struct radeon_i2c_chan *i2c_bus[RADEON_MAX_I2C_BUS];

This is an array of pointers, that's fine.

> struct b43_key key[B43_NR_GROUP_KEYS * 2 + B43_NR_PAIRWISE_KEYS];

This contains a 'struct device'?

> struct ssb_device devices[SSB_MAX_NR_CORES];
> I guess I could fine more examples by simple grepping .h files.

Then all of the above should be fixed.

> Is there some guide around with things like this we should avoid?

Yes, do not statically allocate a 'struct device'.

> checkpatch does no catch this, so maybe just some manual? Could you
> point me to it?

It's a structure that has dynamic lifetime rules, you can't statically
allocate it safely. It's that simple.

Please fix this.


greg k-h
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