[PATCH] ARM: don't set unused name in struct flash_platform_data

Rafał Miłecki zajec5 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 23:03:45 PDT 2014

On 22 October 2014 07:53, Brian Norris <computersforpeace at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 02:30:53PM +0200, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
>> Loading correct SPI driver (m25p80) is handled using modalias from the
>> struct spi_board_info. There is no point of setting name in the
>> platform_data, m25p80 ignores it anyway.
> Wait, is 'name' actually ignored? It looks to me like it sets the MTD
> name. See the comments in include/linux/spi/flash.h and
> arch/arm/include/asm/mach/flash.h (BTW, why do we have two definitions
> for this??):
>   @name: optional flash device name (eg, as used with mtdparts=)
> And I think it's used for exactly that in m25p80.c:
>         if (data && data->name)
>                 flash->mtd.name = data->name;

And very few lines later in the m25p80.c you have this:
if (data && data->type)
        id = spi_nor_match_id(data->type);

Code I touched in my patch was using both: name and type. So what you
got it "type" took a precedence and "name" value was ignored. It seems
like ppl used to use "name" to trigger "m25p80" probe, which isn't
needed (it's done by SPI layer).

Also see my comment about data->type usage I added in:

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