Re: [RFC] drop owner assignment from platform_drivers

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Sat Oct 11 2014 - 13:16:15 EST

On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 06:56:51PM +0200, Wolfram Sang wrote:
> > > You got me wondering, though, that it could not be correct to call
> > > platform_driver_register() from the platform core instead of module
> > > init. I will check tomorrow. Still, this would be a bug independent of
> > > my series. Although I'd need to respin it if platform_driver_probe()
> > > needed a fix.
> >
> > Right, this seems to be a preexisting bug. platform_create_bundle
> > and platform_driver_probe will both overwrite the .owner field with
> > NULL since they live in builtin code. They need to be replaced with
> > __platform_driver_probe and __platform_driver_register that both
> > take an extra owner argument passed down from the caller in the driver
> > module.
> Yeah, that would be one solution. However, my personal favourite would
> meanwhile be to revert the commit that Russell mentioned. I think it is
> cleaner to have the owner explicitly set in the module rather than
> hidden away by a function call. However, grepping through include/linux,
> there are a few subsystems hiding it this way. So, it is a pattern
> somewhow. Oh well...

It really /ought/ to be consistent, because inconsistencies like that
will be a never-ending source of subtle mistakes.

Imagine what it would be like if the kernel was a complete mess of
functions with return type "int" where there was no predominant
pattern of returning negative errno numbers - where it was random
whether int-returning functions returned zero for failure, others
returned zero for success. We would have to look up every single
function to check it's return style, and it would be a bigger problem
when reviewing code.

There is a lot of value for saving time and reducing errors to have a
consistent, simple and obvious methodology.

(That's not to say that it should be enforced draconian style - but
there'd better be a good reason to be different, rather than "I think
it's better this way" or "my personal style is different".)

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