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Subject[PATCH] pinctrl: Don't create a pinctrl handle if no pinctrl entries exist
When pinctrl_get() is called for a device, it will return a valid handle
even if the device itself has no pinctrl state entries defined in
device-tree. This is caused by the function pinctrl_dt_to_map() which
will return success even if the first pinctrl state, 'pinctrl-0', is not
found in the device-tree node for a device.

According to the pinctrl device-tree binding documentation, pinctrl
states must be numbered starting from 0 and so 'pinctrl-0' should always
be present if a device uses pinctrl and therefore, if 'pinctrl-0' is not
present it seems valid that we should not return a valid pinctrl handle.

Fix this by returning an error code if the property 'pinctrl-0' is not
present for a device.

Signed-off-by: Jon Hunter <>

I was wondering if this meant we are creating pinctrl handles for
devices on boot that don't use pinctrl (when
calling pinctrl_bind_pins()). However, although devm_pinctrl_get()
does return successful for all devices, the subsequent call to
pinctrl_lookup_state() (to get the default state) will fail and so
we will destroy the pinctrl handle afterall.

drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c | 5 ++++-
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c b/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
index fe04e748dfe4..f41c16e11a11 100644
--- a/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
+++ b/drivers/pinctrl/devicetree.c
@@ -195,8 +195,11 @@ int pinctrl_dt_to_map(struct pinctrl *p)
propname = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "pinctrl-%d", state);
prop = of_find_property(np, propname, &size);
- if (!prop)
+ if (!prop) {
+ if (state == 0)
+ return -ENODEV;
+ }
list = prop->value;
size /= sizeof(*list);

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