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SubjectRe: [PATCH 86/86] libata: add private driver field to struct ata_device
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On Thursday 03 December 2009 09:04:40 am Jeff Garzik wrote:
> On 11/25/2009 12:12 PM, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> > From: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz<bzolnier@gmail.com>
> > Subject: [PATCH] libata: add private driver field to struct ata_device
> >
> > This brings struct ata_device in-line with struct ata_{port,host}.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz<bzolnier@gmail.com>
> > ---
> > include/linux/libata.h | 1 +
> > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> >
> > Index: b/include/linux/libata.h
> > ===================================================================
> > --- a/include/linux/libata.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/libata.h
> > @@ -585,6 +585,7 @@ struct ata_device {
> > unsigned int horkage; /* List of broken features */
> > unsigned long flags; /* ATA_DFLAG_xxx */
> > struct scsi_device *sdev; /* attached SCSI device */
> > + void *private_data;
> > #ifdef CONFIG_ATA_ACPI
> > acpi_handle acpi_handle;
> > union acpi_object *gtf_cache;
>
> I'm fine with this, and would like to merge this sooner rather than later.
>
> However, BIG FAT WARNING: you must take special care to be sure you
> don't leak as devices appear and disappear, etc. IOW, watch your object
> lifetimes carefully. Object lifetime was the reason this was not added
> until now.

It should be fine for now as the only user is pata_ep93xx and it gets it
right. Though it would definitely be nice to see the underlying issue
(which is the lack of dynamic allocation for struct ata_device objects)
fixed one day in libata.

--
Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz


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