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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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