Re: Using statically allocated memory for platform_data.

From: Ben Dooks
Date: Mon Nov 02 2009 - 11:47:54 EST

On Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 04:37:01PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 04:28:39PM +0000, Ben Dooks wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 03:56:25PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > > The reason we have platform_device_add_data() is that people think that
> > > the device data needs to persist for the lifetime of the device. I
> > > personally disagree with that - once you unregister the device, it's
> > > guaranteed that device drivers will have been unregistered, so who's
> > > going to use the platform data?
> >
> > That doesn't make any sense, in the current case of using the
> > platform_device_alloc() and those calls the data is only living
> > for the lifetime of the device, as the release call is tidying up
> > the result.
> What I'm saying is that the lifetime of the data finishes once
> the _unregister() call has returned. So:
> data = pdev->dev.platform_data;
> platform_device_unregister(pdev);
> kfree(data);
> is an entirely valid way of handling the "I allocated my platform
> data" problem - it doesn't need to exist to the point where the
> device itself is freed.

Unforutnately pretty much everyone now assumes that the act of
unregistering the device will get rid of the data that the allocated
by the add functions.

This would mean going around fixing a number of current drivers which
all make that assumption.


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