Re: [PATCH] clockevents: Add (missing) default case for switch blocks

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Fri Feb 20 2015 - 03:48:28 EST

On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 09:38:42AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Many clockevent drivers are using a switch block for handling modes in their
> > ->set_mode() callback. Some of these do not have a 'default' case and adding a
> > new mode in the 'enum clock_event_mode', starts giving following warnings for
> > these platforms about unhandled modes (e.g. XXX).
> >
> > warning: enumeration value âXXXâ not handled in switch [-Wswitch]
> >
> > This patch adds default cases for them.
> >
> > In order to keep things simple, add following to the switch blocks:
> >
> > default:
> > break;
> >
> > This can lead to different behavior for individual cases.
> >
> > 1) Some of the drivers don't have any special stuff in their ->set_mode()
> > callback before or after the switch blocks. And so this default case would
> > simply return for them without any updates to the clockevent device.
> >
> > 2) But in some cases, the clockevent device is disabled/stopped as soon as we
> > enter the ->set_mode() callback and is enabled within the switch block or
> > after it. And the clockevent device *may* stay disabled for default case.
> So this whole approach looks fragile for several reasons:
> - 'mode setting' callbacks are just bad by design
> because they mix several functions into the same entry
> point, complicating the handler functions
> unnecessarily. We should reduce complexity, not expand
> on it.
> - now by adding 'default' you hide from drivers the
> ability to easily discover whether it has been updated
> to some new core clockevents mode setting feature or
> not.

So this patch was a follow on from bd624d75db21 ("clockevents: Introduce
mode specific callbacks").

That patch changes the set_mode() interface; and provides per mode

New (and updated) drivers should not use ->set_mode() anymore, but it
was felt that we do not want to go do flag day changes.

And it allows for adding optional modes; not every driver needs to go
implement all mode functions if there is a sane default action.

But it does mean we need to be able to add values to the enum.

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