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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] driver core: let dev_set_drvdata return int instead of void as it can fail
2011/4/6 Uwe Kleine-König <>:
> Signed-off-by: Uwe Kleine-König <>
> ---
> Hello,
> I wasn't sure what to return when dev_set_drvdata is called with
> dev=NULL.  I choosed 0, but -EINVAL would be OK for me, too. What do you
> think?

This code was introduced by:

commit b4028437876866aba4747a655ede00f892089e14
Author: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Date: Mon May 11 14:16:57 2009 -0700

Driver core: move dev_get/set_drvdata to drivers/base/dd.c

Before this patch, driver writers could assume that dev_set_drvdata()
never fails. And, dev==NULL would cause an imediate NULL dereference
(equivalent to BUG_ON(!dev), BTW). And, if dev_set_drvdata() fails
(silently as it is now) it's going to BUG later anyway.

I think it's best to revert that commit instead of fixing this up.

Best Regards,
Michał Mirosław
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