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    SubjectRe: [PATCH linux-next] powerpc/powermac: Add missing of_node_put
    Hi Paul,

    On Sun, 7 Dec 2008 13:31:00 +1100 Paul Mackerras <> wrote:
    > I'm really in two minds about applying any of the of_node_put patches
    > that only affect powermacs. The reference counts only matter on
    > platforms where we update the OF device tree at runtime, which is
    > currently only IBM pSeries machines. Since we don't have any hotplug
    > on powermacs, and never will have, the OF device tree is completely
    > static and we don't actually need refcounts on the nodes at all, so
    > who cares if they're a bit higher than they might be?
    > In particular, the VIA whose node we're looking for here is built-in
    > on the motherboard, and there can never be more than one, and it can
    > never be removed.

    I my mind it is about consistent use of the API and good examples for
    people to copy. Also, in about a year you will be presented with the
    same set of patches when a new pair of eyes looks at the same code and
    notices the discrepancy ...

    Stephen Rothwell
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