Re: [PATCH v5] i2c: imx: make bus recovery through pinctrl optional

From: Lothar WaÃmann
Date: Mon Sep 12 2016 - 04:21:50 EST


On Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:37:12 -0500 Leo Li wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM, Stefan Agner <stefan@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On 2016-09-08 16:57, Leo Li wrote:
> >> people fix problem that they don't really care by deliberately enlarge
> >> the problem. That's why we don't panic() on any error we found. For
> >> those who do care about the bus recovery, they can get the information
> >> from the console.
> >
> > IMHO, it is just stupid to ignore errors and then let the developer
> > later on trace back what the initial issue was. Error out early is a
> > common sense software design principle...
> >
> > I am not asking for a panic(), I am just suggesting to only ignore
> > pinctrl if it returns -ENODEV, the case you care are about.
> It was just an analogy for enlarging the problem for getting
> attention. But you probably thought that it was not enlarging the
> problem as you think pinctrl is required by the driver instead of an
> optional thing.
The I2C bus recovery is a feature which is not used during normal
operation and you won't find that it's not working unless something
unusual happens (probably only in a productive environment). It may even
be hard to trigger a condition to test the feature.
Thus IMO it is vital that the driver complains loudly if something is
missing to make this feature work if requested.

Lothar WaÃmann