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Subject[PATCH] driver core: platform: Emit a warning if a remove callback returned non-zero
The driver core ignores the return value of a bus' remove callback. However
a driver returning an error code is a hint that there is a problem,
probably a driver author who expects that returning e.g. -EBUSY has any

The right thing to do would be to make struct platform_driver::remove()
return void. With the immense number of platform drivers this is however a
big quest and I hope to prevent at least a few new drivers that return an
error code here.

Signed-off-by: Uwe Kleine-König <>
drivers/base/platform.c | 11 +++++++----
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/base/platform.c b/drivers/base/platform.c
index 95fd1549f87d..1a869e277109 100644
--- a/drivers/base/platform.c
+++ b/drivers/base/platform.c
@@ -1461,13 +1461,16 @@ static int platform_remove(struct device *_dev)
struct platform_driver *drv = to_platform_driver(_dev->driver);
struct platform_device *dev = to_platform_device(_dev);
- int ret = 0;

- if (drv->remove)
- ret = drv->remove(dev);
+ if (drv->remove) {
+ int ret = drv->remove(dev);
+ if (ret)
+ dev_warn(_dev, "remove callback returned a non-zero value. This will be ignored.\n");
+ }
dev_pm_domain_detach(_dev, true);

- return ret;
+ return 0;

static void platform_shutdown(struct device *_dev)
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