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SubjectRe: [PATCH 15/19] mc13xxx: mfd_cell is now implicitly available to drivers
On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:34:58 +0100
Uwe Kleine-König <> wrote:

> Hello Andres,
> On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 08:20:15PM -0800, Andres Salomon wrote:
> >
> > No need to explicitly set the cell's platform_data/data_size.
> >
> > In this case, move the various platform_data pointers
> > to driver_data. All of the clients which make use of it
> > are also changed.
> >
> > Mfd-core makes a copy of platform_data, but driver_data keeps a
> > pointer to the original data. Because each cell's platform_data
> > previously pointed to a local (stack) variable, the various ARM
> > mach types that set the pdata are updated to keep the memory around.
> I didn't get this even after reading it 5 times. You wrote in the
> subject that drivers now have access to mfd_cell. I don't see where
> e.g. drivers/leds/leds-mc13783.c uses that?! Does this depend on some
> mfd-changes I don't see and this is just a first step?
> After reading the changes I think I understood:
> - You made things that were passed as platform_data before available
> via driver_data.

Right. And as someone pointed out, this doesn't really work as well as
I'd hoped, so I'll have to refine my approach. Ideally, something

> - Because platform_data is copied and driver_data is not at register
> time, the data being platform_data cannot be __initdata or stack
> local anymore, so this needs fixing.
> In sum this results in .data becoming bigger (which is bad).
> And I think this patch has a conceptual problem, too. In my opionion
> platform_data is the point to hand over platform specific data to a
> driver. driver_data is something that is private to the driver and
> has to be considered opaque for the platform. The driver was sort of
> OK before ...

I'll be sending updated patches once I've reworked things.
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