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SubjectRe: [PATCH] modpost: i2c aliases need no trailing wildcard
Hi Rusty,

On Mon, 5 May 2008 10:09:05 +1000, Rusty Russell wrote:
> On Saturday 03 May 2008 04:37:21 Jean Delvare wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > [Once more with Sam's address fixed, sorry for the noise.]
> >
> > Not all device types need a wildcard at the end of their module
> > aliases. In particular, for i2c module aliases, the trailing wildcard
> > is not only unneeded, it could also cause the wrong driver to be
> > loaded.
>
> Hi Jean,
>
> i2c would have been better using a terminator char after the device name.
> The wildcard would then allow future extensions without having the current
> potential confusion.

This has been discussed already:
http://lists.lm-sensors.org/pipermail/i2c/2008-April/003429.html

I understand that the idea of the trailing wildcard was to allow for
future extensions, however in the case of i2c I can't foresee any such
extension. On top of that, it really only matters for external drivers
(for in-tree drivers, if the alias format changes, the drivers will
also be updated so no harm done) and I don't think external drivers are
worth the effort and cost of anticipating a change which most certainly
will never happen.

> Still, there's nothing wrong with this patch, happy for you to send it.
>
> Acked-by: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>

Thanks,
--
Jean Delvare


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