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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] platform: add common resource requesting and mapping helper
hi Wolfram,

2012/1/31 Wolfram Sang <w.sang@pengutronix.de>:
> Barry,
>
>> > You don't need to do the error checking for 'res'. You can simply do
>> >
>> > res = platform_get_resource(pdev, IORESOURCE_MEM, 0);
>> > base = devm_request_and_ioremap(&dev->dev, res);
>>
>> i do know  devm_request_and_ioremap() does res checking. but that is
>> implicit, confused and not a smart way actually.
>
> I agree about the implicit thing (keep in mind the function is new). But
> calling a function "not smart" because it checks its arguments? I do
> like the NULL check of kfree() for example.

i didn't mean it is not smart for devm_request_and_ioremap() to check
its param. that is definitely ok.
i mean it is not smart for people to depend on another function to do
implicit check on what they should check by themselves.
>
>> actually, no people by now really use the implicit checking. that
>> shows people don't really think that is a good programming way.
>
> I'd think most people just copy&paste and don't have an opinion either
> way, so the quantity doesn't show much.
>
>> > devm_request_and_ioremap() will check res. Given that, I don't think
>> > we can save a lot with another wrapper.
>>
>> i think we can save some.
>> The story begins from Grant's feedback in:
>> http://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg157644.html
>
> I am not sure using 'platform_devm_request_and_ioremap' and later using
> plain 'devm_*' functions (without platform_-prefix) is less confusing.
> The alternative would be to check which helper functions also use
> 'struct resource' and if they do checks on that. If all do that, you
> would have the simple rule, that you only need to check yourself if you
> access it yourself.

it is just a helper, just like clk_disable_unprepare() which do
clk_disable() + clk_unprepare().

>
> Regards,
>
>   Wolfram
>
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-barry
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