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SubjectRe: [PATCH] gpio: Add device link support
On Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 5:23 PM Thierry Reding <> wrote:

> From: Thierry Reding <>
> Create a device link between a GPIO consumer and the GPIO supplier (i.e.
> the GPIO chip's parent). This makes the driver core aware of the
> dependency between the two devices so that it can properly order the
> suspend/resume sequence.
> As a side-effect the GPIO consumer will be force unloaded when the GPIO
> supplier goes away, which prevents the consumer from accessing dangling
> GPIOs.
> Signed-off-by: Thierry Reding <>

I was thinking we were gonna see this soon :D

> +void gpiod_add_device_link(struct gpio_desc *desc, struct device *consumer)
> +{
> + struct device_link *link;
> +
> + link = device_link_add(consumer, desc->gdev->dev.parent,

I think this needs a NULL check.

Some GPIO chips still have NULL as parent here, they just
register a gpio_chip right out of boardfile code without any
corresponding device. MIPS does this for example IIRC.

> + device_link_remove(desc->consumer, desc->gdev->dev.parent);

And same on remove.

But why not use desc->gdev->dev as link, simply?
That device has the same lifetime as the gpio_chip, sometimes
even longer I think, if e.g. there is userspace holding the

Linus Walleij

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