[RFC PATCH 2/4] device property: Introduce helper device_get_reference_node()

Rafael J. Wysocki rjw at rjwysocki.net
Thu Dec 3 15:29:12 PST 2015

On Thursday, December 03, 2015 03:28:42 PM Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 02, 2015 at 05:09:26PM +0800, Kefeng Wang wrote:
> > With of_parse_phandle() and acpi_dev_get_reference_device(), we can introduce
> > a universal helper device_get_reference_node() to read and parse a device
> > property and return a pointer to the resulting firmware node.
> What's happening to make this fwnode stuff actually usable?  Whenever
> I've looked at it from the DT perspective, it looks very much like a
> half-baked train wreck - although the struct device_node contains a
> fwnode, of_node_init() initialises it partially, and we have a way to
> convert _from_ a fwnode to a device_node (to_of_node), nothing sets
> the struct device fwnode pointer.
> Whenever I've looked at this, it's always led me to the conclusion
> that the way that fwnode stuff has currently been written, I'm
> supposed to get the device_node, and then use the embedded fwnode
> directly, which I'm pretty sure misses the point of fwnode (as it
> means any driver code making use of this is tied to DT.)
> This patch seems to confirm my suspicions that it's just wrong -
> trying to use device_get_reference_node() here will fail in a DT
> based setup, because (I assume) dev_fwnode(dev) returns dev->fwnode
> which is NULL there.
> I don't know, maybe there is an intention that fwnode should not be
> used for DT?

No, there isn't.

> Maybe someone who knows what the intentions are behind this fwnode stuff
> can enlighten the situation, and maybe sort out this apparent oversight
> which IMHO should've been spotted in the initial fwnode review?

At that time there was a plan (or maybe just and intention, I'm not sure to
be honest) to introduce and accessor macro for the of_node pointer in struct
device and make the users of it access it via that macro, which then would
make it possible to switch over to using dev->fwnode in the DT case (by
changing the implementation of that macro).

That hasn't materialized as clearly visible, but still can be done AFAICS,
although finding a volunteer for that work may be hard I suppose.


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