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Subject[PATCH 2/2 v3] drivers/core/of: Add symlink to device-tree from devices with an OF node
So I've been annoyed lately with having a bunch of devices such as i2c
eeproms (for use by VPDs, server world !) and other bits and pieces that
I want to be able to identify from userspace, and possibly provide
additional data about from FW.

Basically, it boils down to correlating the sysfs device with the OF
tree device node, so that user space can use device-tree info such as
additional "location" or "label" (or whatever else we can come up with)
propreties to identify a given device, or get some attributes of use
about it, etc...

Now, so far, we've done that in some subsystem in a fairly ad-hoc basis
using "devspec" properties. For example, PCI creates them if it can
correlate the probed device with a DT node. Some powerpc specific busses
do that too.

However, i2c doesn't and it would be nice to have something more generic
since technically any device can have a corresponding device tree node.

This patch adds an "of_node" symlink to devices that have a non-NULL
dev->of_node pointer, the patch is pretty trivial and seems to work just
fine for me.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>

This addresses Greg's comments. Note that I'm not 100% certain about
using device_add_class_symlinks(), I had to put the code before the
test for dev->class, maybe we should rename that function to device_add_symlinks()
if it grows beyond the class bits ?

Also there was nothing that I could find in Documentation/ABI that
documented "core" device properties, it's all in
Documentation/sysfs-rules.txt, but as suggested by Greg (on IRC) I
went for ABI anyway, so I've added a file for "generic" properties
and added that one in. I'm happy to change it if you think that's not
right, just let me know where you want things.

I'm not resending patch 1/2, it should still be fine. Let me know if
you want a new copy.

Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices | 10 ++++++++++
drivers/base/core.c | 16 ++++++++++++++--
2 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices

diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices b/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..43f78b88d
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices
@@ -0,0 +1,10 @@
+# Note: This documents additional properties of any device beyond what
+# is documented in Documentation/sysfs-rules.txt
+What: /sys/devices/*/of_path
+Date: February 2015
+Contact: Device Tree mailing list <>
+ Any device associated with a device-tree node will have
+ an of_path symlink pointing to the corresponding device
+ node in /sys/firmware/devicetree/
diff --git a/drivers/base/core.c b/drivers/base/core.c
index 97e2baf..2549805 100644
--- a/drivers/base/core.c
+++ b/drivers/base/core.c
@@ -805,8 +805,16 @@ static void cleanup_device_parent(struct device *dev)

static int device_add_class_symlinks(struct device *dev)
+ struct device_node *of_node = dev_of_node(dev);
int error;

+ if (of_node) {
+ error = sysfs_create_link(&dev->kobj, &of_node->kobj,"of_node");
+ if (error)
+ dev_warn(dev, "Error %d creating of_node link\n",error);
+ /* An error here doesn't warrant bringing down the device */
+ }
if (!dev->class)
return 0;

@@ -814,7 +822,7 @@ static int device_add_class_symlinks(struct device *dev)
if (error)
- goto out;
+ goto out_devnode;

if (dev->parent && device_is_not_partition(dev)) {
error = sysfs_create_link(&dev->kobj, &dev->parent->kobj,
@@ -842,12 +850,16 @@ out_device:

sysfs_remove_link(&dev->kobj, "subsystem");
+ sysfs_remove_link(&dev->kobj, "of_node");
return error;

static void device_remove_class_symlinks(struct device *dev)
+ if (dev_of_node(dev))
+ sysfs_remove_link(&dev->kobj, "of_node");
if (!dev->class)

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