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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/10] mfd / platform: cros_ec: Miscellaneous character device to talk with the EC
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On Thu, 2019-06-06 at 16:51 +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 11:01:17AM -0300, Ezequiel Garcia wrote:
> > On Tue, 2019-06-04 at 20:59 +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 11:39:21AM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:35 AM Greg Kroah-Hartman
> > > > <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 01:58:38PM -0300, Ezequiel Garcia wrote:
> > > > > > Hey Greg,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > > + dev_info(&pdev->dev, "Created misc device /dev/%s\n",
> > > > > > > > + data->misc.name);
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > No need to be noisy, if all goes well, your code should be quiet.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I sometimes wonder about this being noise or not, so I will slightly
> > > > > > hijack this thread for this discussion.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > From a kernel developer point-of-view, or even from a platform
> > > > > > developer or user with a debugging hat point-of-view, having
> > > > > > a "device created" or "device registered" message is often very useful.
> > > > >
> > > > > For you, yes. For someone with 30000 devices attached to their system,
> > > > > it is not, and causes booting to take longer than it should be.
> > > > >
> > > > > > In fact, I wish people would do this more often, so I don't have to
> > > > > > deal with dynamic debug, or hack my way:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > diff --git a/drivers/media/i2c/ov5647.c b/drivers/media/i2c/ov5647.c
> > > > > > index 4589631798c9..473549b26bb2 100644
> > > > > > --- a/drivers/media/i2c/ov5647.c
> > > > > > +++ b/drivers/media/i2c/ov5647.c
> > > > > > @@ -603,7 +603,7 @@ static int ov5647_probe(struct i2c_client *client,
> > > > > > if (ret < 0)
> > > > > > goto error;
> > > > > >
> > > > > > - dev_dbg(dev, "OmniVision OV5647 camera driver probed\n");
> > > > > > + dev_info(dev, "OmniVision OV5647 camera driver probed\n");
> > > > > > return 0;
> > > > > > error:
> > > > > > media_entity_cleanup(&sd->entity);
> > > > > >
> > > > > > In some subsystems, it's even a behavior I'm more or less relying on:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > $ git grep v4l2_info.*registered drivers/media/ | wc -l
> > > > > > 26
> > > > > >
> > > > > > And on the downsides, I can't find much. It's just one little line,
> > > > > > that is not even noticed unless you have logging turned on.
> > > > >
> > > > > Its better to be quiet, which is why the "default driver registration"
> > > > > macros do not have any printk messages in them. When converting drivers
> > > > > over to it, we made the boot process much more sane, don't try to go and
> > > > > add messages for no good reason back in please.
> > > > >
> > > > > dynamic debugging can be enabled on a module and line-by-line basis,
> > > > > even from the boot command line. So if you need debugging, you can
> > > > > always ask someone to just reboot or unload/load the module and get the
> > > > > message that way.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Can we by any chance make this an official policy ? I am kind of tired
> > > > having to argue about this over and over again.
> > >
> > > Sure, but how does anyone make any "official policy" in the kernel? :)
> > >
> > > I could just go through and delete all "look ma, a new driver/device!"
> > > messages, but that might be annoying...
> > >
> >
> > Well, I really need to task.
>
> ???
>

Oops, typo: s/task/ask :-)

> > If it's not an official policy (and won't be anytime soon?),
>
> The ":)" there was that we really have very few "official" policies,
> only things that we all strongly encourage to happen. And get grumpy if
> we see them in code reviews. Like I did here.
>

Well, not everyone gets grumpy. As I pointed out, we use this "registered"
messages (messages or noise, seems this lie in the eye of the beholder),
consistently across entire subsystems.

> > then what's preventing Enric from pushing this print on this driver,
> > given he is the one maintaining the code?
>
> Given that he wants people to review his code, why would you tell him to
> ignore what people are trying to tell him?
>

I'm not suggesting to ignore anyone, rather to consider all voices
involved in each review comment.

> Again, don't be noisy, it's not hard, and is how things have been
> trending for many years now.
>

Thanks,
Eze

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