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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] drivers: misc: add omap_hwspinlock driver
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM, Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 09:44:33AM +0200, Ohad Ben-Cohen wrote:
>> +#else /* !CONFIG_OMAP_HWSPINLOCK */
>> +
>> +static inline struct omap_hwspinlock *omap_hwspinlock_request(void)
>> +{
>> +     return ERR_PTR(-ENOSYS);
>> +}
>
> One note, do you really want to fail if this option isn't built into the
> kernel, yet you have a driver that is asking for it?  Shouldn't you
> instead just silently succeed, and let the code path get compiled away?
>
> We did that for debugfs, after learning the pain that procfs had with
> its api for "is not built".  Doing it the way you are requires the user
> to always test for -ENOSYS, when in reality, if that is returned,
> there's nothing the driver can do about it, so it should just not worry
> about it.
>
> Just something to think about.

Completely agree; if hwspinlock support is not needed, we better let
its users run uninterruptedly. I'll change it.

Thanks,
Ohad.

>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h
>
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