CLK_OF_DECLARE advice required

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at
Tue Jun 6 00:22:11 PDT 2017

Hi Stephen,

On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 10:13 PM, Stephen Boyd <sboyd at> wrote:
> On 06/05, Phil Elwell wrote:
>> That sounds great, but it doesn't match my experience. Let me restate my
>> observations with a bit more detail.
>> In this scenario there three devices in a dependency chain:
>>   clock -> fixed-factor->clock -> uart.
>> The Fixed Factor Clock is declared with OF_CLK_DECLARE, while the two platform
>> drivers use normal probe functions.
>> 1) of_clk_init() calls encounter FFC in the list of clocks to initialise and
>> calls parent_ready on the device node.
>> 2) The parent clock has not been initialised, so of_clk_get returns
>> 3) Steps 1 and 2 repeat until no progress is made, at which point the force
>> flag is set for one last iteration. This time the parent_ready check is skipped
>> and the code calls indirectly into _of_fixed_factor_clk_setup().
>> 4) The FFC setup calls of_clk_get_parent_name, which returns a NULL that ends
>> up referred to by the parent_names field of clk_init_data structure indirectly
>> passed to clk_hw_register and clk_register.
> That's bad. Does "clock" in this scenario have a
> clock-output-names property so we can find the name of the parent
> of the fixed factor clock? That way we can describe the fixed
> factor to "clock" linkage. Without that, things won't ever work.

>> Is this behaviour as intended? I can see that the NULL parent name in steps 4
>> and 5 could be handled more gracefully, but the end result would be the same.
>> Where and how is the "orphan" clock concept supposed to help, and what needs to
>> be fixed in this case?
> The orphan concept helps here because of_clk_init() eventually
> forces the registration of the fixed factor clock even though the
> fixed factor's parent has not been registered yet. As you've
> determined though, that isn't working properly because the fixed
> factor code is failing to get a name for the parent. Using the
> clock-output-names property would fix that though.

Isn't clock-output-names deprecated for clocks with a single clock



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