[PATCH 2/2] [media] cec: Handle RC capability more elegantly

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at armlinux.org.uk
Tue Apr 4 09:34:55 PDT 2017

On Tue, Apr 04, 2017 at 05:10:05PM +0100, Lee Jones wrote:
> @@ -237,7 +241,6 @@ struct cec_adapter *cec_allocate_adapter(const struct cec_adap_ops *ops,
>  	if (!(caps & CEC_CAP_RC))
>  		return adap;
>  	/* Prepare the RC input device */
>  	adap->rc = rc_allocate_device(RC_DRIVER_SCANCODE);
>  	if (!adap->rc) {

The above, coupled with patch 1:

 struct rc_dev *rc_allocate_device(enum rc_driver_type);
+static inline struct rc_dev *rc_allocate_device(int unused)
+       return ERR_PTR(-EOPNOTSUPP);

is really not nice.  You claim that this is how stuff is done elsewhere
in the kernel, but no, it isn't.  Look at debugfs.

You're right that debugfs returns an error pointer when it's not
configured.  However, the debugfs dentry is only ever passed back into
the debugfs APIs, it is never dereferenced by the caller.

That is not the case here.  The effect if your change is that the
following dereferences will oops the kernel.  This is unacceptable for
a feature that is deconfigured.

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