Re: [PATCH 7/7] media: usb: uvc: no need to check return value of debugfs_create functions

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Thu Sep 17 2020 - 08:38:21 EST

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 03:25:50PM +0300, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 02:47:19AM +0300, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > Hi Greg,
> >
> > Thank you for the patch.
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 03:36:08PM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > When calling debugfs functions, there is no need to ever check the
> > > return value. The function can work or not, but the code logic should
> > > never do something different based on this.
> >
> > Is there no value in warning the user that something went wrong ? Silent
> > failures are harder to debug.
> Could yous share your opinion about this ?

For debugfs, this isn't an issue, what can a user do with something like
"debugfs isn't working? What does that mean???"

And if we _really_ want warnings like this, it should go into the
debugfs core, not require this to be done for every debugfs user, right?

debugfs is just there for kernel developers to help debug things, it's
not a dependancy on any userspace functionality, so if it works or not
should not be an issue for any user.

Unless that user is a kernel developer of course :)


greg k-h