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SubjectRe: [PATCH for-4.16 2/3] drivers: change struct device_driver::coredump() return type to void
On Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 09:50:05AM +0100, Arend van Spriel wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
> <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:55:24AM +0100, Arend van Spriel wrote:
> >> Upon submitting a patch for mwifiex [1] it was discussed whether this
> >> callback function could fail. To keep things simple there is no need
> >> for the error code so the driver can do the task synchronous or not
> >> without worries. Currently the device driver core already ignores the
> >> return value so changing it to void.
> >>
> >> [1] https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10231933/
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Arend van Spriel <aspriel@gmail.com>
> >> ---
> >> include/linux/device.h | 5 ++++-
> >> 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/include/linux/device.h b/include/linux/device.h
> >> index b093405..f08c25b 100644
> >> --- a/include/linux/device.h
> >> +++ b/include/linux/device.h
> >> @@ -256,6 +256,9 @@ enum probe_type {
> >> * automatically.
> >> * @pm: Power management operations of the device which matched
> >> * this driver.
> >> + * @coredump: Called when sysfs entry is written to. The device driver
> >> + * is expected to call the dev_coredump API resulting in a
> >> + * uevent.
> >> * @p: Driver core's private data, no one other than the driver
> >> * core can touch this.
> >> *
> >> @@ -287,7 +290,7 @@ struct device_driver {
> >> const struct attribute_group **groups;
> >>
> >> const struct dev_pm_ops *pm;
> >> - int (*coredump) (struct device *dev);
> >> + void (*coredump) (struct device *dev);
> >
> > Isn't this going to cause build warnings now? Are there no users of
> > this callback function yet?
>
> Hi Greg,
>
> I submitted driver patches for the 4.17 kernel and from that
> discussion we concluded it would be good to change to void return
> type. So those driver patches were dropped. The caller of the callback
> in drivers/base/dd.c does not use the return value so from that side
> there is no issue. So my motivation for asking to consider this for
> 4.16 is so I can resubmit the driver patches for 4.17 if there is
> still time before the merge window.

It's too late for 4.16 for this, and I would queue it up in my tree now
but I don't want to cause any build warnings in linux-next from it. So
how about I submit something like this right after 4.17-rc1 is out,
where the function signature is changed _and_ all definitions of that
function are changed at the same time to keep everything sane at once?

Can you send me such a patch right before -rc1 is out base on Linus's
tree? That should give everyone enough time to get the things merged,
right?

Or is there no in-flight patches to use this yet, and I can queue it up
now for -rc1 as no build warnings will happen?

thanks,

greg k-h

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