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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/10] pwm-backlight: Use an optional power supply
On Tue, Oct 01, 2013 at 12:43:57PM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 09/23/2013 03:41 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > Many backlights require a power supply to work properly. This commit
> > uses a power-supply regulator, if available, to power up and power down
> > the panel.
>
> I think that all backlights require a power supply, albeit the supply
> may not be SW-controllable. Hence, shouldn't the regulator be mandatory
> in the binding, yet the driver be defensively coded such that if one
> isn't specified, the driver continues to work?

That has already changed in my local version of this patch.

> > diff --git a/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c b/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
>
> > @@ -253,6 +264,16 @@ static int pwm_backlight_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
> > }
> > }
> >
> > + pb->power_supply = devm_regulator_get_optional(&pdev->dev, "power");
>
> ... so I think that should be devm_regulator_get(), since the regulator
> isn't really optional.
>
> > + if (IS_ERR(pb->power_supply)) {
> > + if (PTR_ERR(pb->power_supply) != -ENODEV) {
> > + ret = PTR_ERR(pb->power_supply);
> > + goto err_gpio;
> > + }
> > +
> > + pb->power_supply = NULL;
>
> If devm_regulator_get_optional() returns an error value or a valid
> value, then I don't think that this driver should transmute error values
> into NULL; NULL might be a perfectly valid regulator value. Related, I
> think the if (pb->power_supply) tests should be replaced with if
> (!IS_ERR(pb->power_supply)) instead.

All of that is already done in my local tree. This actually turns out to
work rather smoothly with the new support for optional regulators. The
regulator core will give you a dummy regulator (assuming it's there
physically but hasn't been wired up in software) that's always on, so
the driver doesn't even have to special case it anymore.

Thierry
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