Re: [PATCH 2/2 v3] drivers/core/of: Add symlink to device-tree from devices with an OF node

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Tue Feb 17 2015 - 23:57:53 EST

On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 11:25:18AM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> So I've been annoyed lately with having a bunch of devices such as i2c
> eeproms (for use by VPDs, server world !) and other bits and pieces that
> I want to be able to identify from userspace, and possibly provide
> additional data about from FW.
> Basically, it boils down to correlating the sysfs device with the OF
> tree device node, so that user space can use device-tree info such as
> additional "location" or "label" (or whatever else we can come up with)
> propreties to identify a given device, or get some attributes of use
> about it, etc...
> Now, so far, we've done that in some subsystem in a fairly ad-hoc basis
> using "devspec" properties. For example, PCI creates them if it can
> correlate the probed device with a DT node. Some powerpc specific busses
> do that too.
> However, i2c doesn't and it would be nice to have something more generic
> since technically any device can have a corresponding device tree node.
> This patch adds an "of_node" symlink to devices that have a non-NULL
> dev->of_node pointer, the patch is pretty trivial and seems to work just
> fine for me.
> Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> This addresses Greg's comments. Note that I'm not 100% certain about
> using device_add_class_symlinks(), I had to put the code before the
> test for dev->class, maybe we should rename that function to device_add_symlinks()
> if it grows beyond the class bits ?

That would probably be a good idea, but we can leave it for now.

> Also there was nothing that I could find in Documentation/ABI that
> documented "core" device properties, it's all in
> Documentation/sysfs-rules.txt, but as suggested by Greg (on IRC) I
> went for ABI anyway, so I've added a file for "generic" properties
> and added that one in. I'm happy to change it if you think that's not
> right, just let me know where you want things.

It looks good as-is, thanks.

greg k-h
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