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SubjectRe: [PATCH] MMC host class
Russell King wrote:

>No no no no no. Repeat after me ten times. Empty or non-existant release
>functions are bad and cause oopsen. I will not create code which does
>this.
>
>

Sorry. I thought it was a generic cleanup function and since nothing was
allocated in the register function I didn't think it needed to do
anything. I tried to find some documentation about how classes were
handled but eventually had to resort to looking at other code. Perhaps I
should look at the documentation about kernel objects instead?

>What this means is that mmc_host itself becomes a refcounted sysfs
>object which needs to follow the lifetime rules associated therewith.
>
>Luckily, I thought about this earlier on, so there's a core mmc function
>to allocate the beast, register it, unregister it, and finally free it.
>
>The allocation function should initialise class_dev as much as possible.
>
>

The name field cannot be initialised since it isn't generated until
registration. And I avoided filling in the other stuff at allocation so
that I could keep knowledge of mmc_host_class in mmc_sysfs.c.

>The registration function should add the class device with the class
>model. The unregistration should remove the class device from the class
>model, but _not_ free it. The free function should drop the last
>reference to the class device, which results in the remove function
>(eventually) being called. Finally, the remove function can free the
>mmc_host.
>
>

With the remove function you mean the .release in the class struct?

>Also note that since we have a class_dev, the mmc_host 'dev' field can
>be removed. However, we'll probably have to update the host drivers
>to do this, so it should be a separate patch.
>
>
>

I'll read up on kernel objects and sysfs and put together a new patch then.

Rgds
Pierre

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