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SubjectRe: [PATCH 38/78] media: i2c: mt9m001: use pm_runtime_resume_and_get()
On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 04:38:40PM +0200, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> Em Sat, 24 Apr 2021 12:00:46 +0200
> Johan Hovold <> escreveu:
> > On Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 10:24:54AM +0200, Jacopo Mondi wrote:
> > > Hi Mauro,
> > >
> > > On Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 08:44:48AM +0200, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> > > > Commit dd8088d5a896 ("PM: runtime: Add pm_runtime_resume_and_get to deal with usage counter")
> > > > added pm_runtime_resume_and_get() in order to automatically handle
> > > > dev->power.usage_count decrement on errors.
> > > >
> > > > Use the new API, in order to cleanup the error check logic.
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>

> > I'd say this kind of mass-conversion is of questionable worth as
> > pm_runtime_resume_and_get() isn't necessarily an improvement (even if it
> > may have its use in some places).
> The main problem is that other parts of the driver's core APIs
> assume that get object methods will only increment the usage
> counter if no errors. The pm_runtime_get_sync() is an exception.
> Its name doesn't help at all: A function like that should, IMHO,
> be called, instead:
> pm_runtime_inc_usage_count_and_try_to_resume().
> Or something similar, in order to make clearer that it always
> increment the usage count, no matter what. If possible, all drivers
> should get rid of it too (or alternatively add comments warning
> people that keeping the usage_count incremented is desired on the
> very specific places where it is really needed), as it is risky
> to use something that has a different usage_count increement behavior
> than other more usual *_get() functions.

pm_runtime_get_sync() has worked this way since it was merged 12 years
ago, and for someone who's used to this interface this is not such a big
deal as you seem to think. Sure, you need to remember to put the usage
counter on errors, but that's it (and the other side of that is that you
don't need to worry about error handling where it doesn't matter).

Also note all the pm_runtime_get functions *always* increment the usage
count even if an async resume may later fail so there is consistency

And regarding naming, the new pm_resume_and_get() looks completely out
of place to me since it uses a different naming scheme than the other
helpers (including the ones that are used to balance the new call).

> With regards to mass-fixing it, I've seen several patches seen
> to media fixing bugs due to the bad usage_count decrement logic.
> So, the best is to solve them all at once, and stop using
> pm_runtime_get_sync() inside the subsystem.

Sure, having the script kiddies patch drivers without understanding what
they're are really doing is bound to introduce bugs unless it can be
caught in review.

You're call, but converting functioning drivers where the authors knew
what they were doing just because you're not used to the API and risk
introducing new bugs in the process isn't necessarily a good idea.
Especially since the pm_runtime_get_sync() will continue to be used
elsewhere, and possibly even in media in cases where you don't need to
check for errors (e.g. remove()).


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