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Subject[PATCH v3 00/18] mfd: demodularization of non-modular drivers
[v2 --> v3: drop diasemi commits as they will be modularized; delete
now unused exit fcn from wm831x core; add more acks; re-test.]

[v1 --> v2: add some more commits as requested by Lee (MFD maintainer),
update the 00/NN text; re-do build and link testing on new linux-next. ]

This group of MFD drivers are all controlled by "bool" Kconfig settings,
but contain various amounts of largely pointless uses of infrastructure
related to modular operations, even though they can't be built modular.

We can easily remove/replace all of it. We are trying to make driver
code consistent with the Makefiles/Kconfigs that control them. This
means not using modular functions/macros for drivers that can never be
built as a module. Some of the downfalls this oversight leads to are:

(1) it is easy to accidentally write unused module_exit and remove code
(2) it can be misleading when reading the source, thinking it can be
modular when the Makefile and/or Kconfig prohibit it
(3) it requires the include of the module.h header file which in turn
includes nearly everything else, thus adding a lot of CPP overhead.
(4) it gets copied/replicated into other drivers and spreads quickly.

What we see in current drivers falls into one or more of the following

1) include of <linux/module.h> when it simply isn't needed

macros that are no-ops for non-modular drivers.

3) Creation of a module_exit() function that will be compiled and
linked in but never actually called for non-modular drivers.

4) Addition of a platform_driver ".remove" function that is bound
into the struct but will never be called for non-module use cases.

Solution to #1 --> #3 is simple ; we just delete the related code.

The solution to #4 is similar - we delete the ".remove" function and
the binding into the platform_driver struct. However, since the same
".remove" function could also be triggered by an "unbind" (such as for
pass-through of a device to a guest instance) - so we also explicitly
disable any unbind for the driver.

The unbind mask allows us to ensure we will see if there was some odd
corner case out there that was relying on it. Typically it would be a
multi-port ethernet card passing a port through to a guest, so a
sensible use case in MFD drivers seems highly unlikely. This same
solution has already been used in multiple other mainline subsystems.

Build testing was done on drivers/mfd for allyesconfig on x86_64, ARM
and ARM-64 on a recent linux-next checkout.



Cc: Alessandro Rubini <>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc: Charles Keepax <>
Cc: Cory Maccarrone <>
Cc: Davide Ciminaghi <>
Cc: Dong Aisheng <>
Cc: Graeme Gregory <>
Cc: Guennadi Liakhovetski <>
Cc: Haojian Zhuang <>
Cc: Jin Park <>
Cc: Jorge Eduardo Candelaria <>
Cc: Laxman Dewangan <>
Cc: Lee Jones <>
Cc: Linus Walleij <>
Cc: Mark Brown <>
Cc: Mattias Nilsson <>
Cc: Michael Hennerich <>
Cc: Tony Lindgren <>
Cc: Venu Byravarasu <>

Paul Gortmaker (18):
mfd: aat2870-core: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: adp5520: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: as3711: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: db8500-prcmu: drop unused MODULE_ tags from non-modular code
mfd: htc-i2cpld: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: max8925-core: drop unused MODULE_ tags from non-modular code
mfd: rc5t583: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: sta2x11: drop unused MODULE_ tags from non-modular code
mfd: syscon: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: tps65090: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: tps65910: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: tps80031: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: wm831x-spi: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: wm831x-i2c: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: wm831x-core: drop unused module infrastructure from non-modular code
mfd: wm8350-i2c: Make it explicitly non-modular
mfd: wm8350-core: drop unused MODULE_ tags from non-modular code
mfd: wm8400-core: Make it explicitly non-modular

drivers/mfd/aat2870-core.c | 40 +++-------------------------------------
drivers/mfd/adp5520.c | 30 +++++++-----------------------
drivers/mfd/as3711.c | 14 --------------
drivers/mfd/db8500-prcmu.c | 10 ++++------
drivers/mfd/htc-i2cpld.c | 18 +-----------------
drivers/mfd/max8925-core.c | 7 +------
drivers/mfd/rc5t583.c | 14 --------------
drivers/mfd/sta2x11-mfd.c | 10 ++++------
drivers/mfd/syscon.c | 12 +-----------
drivers/mfd/tps65090.c | 30 +++++-------------------------
drivers/mfd/tps65910.c | 18 +-----------------
drivers/mfd/tps80031.c | 37 ++-----------------------------------
drivers/mfd/wm831x-core.c | 15 ++-------------
drivers/mfd/wm831x-i2c.c | 20 ++------------------
drivers/mfd/wm831x-spi.c | 24 ++----------------------
drivers/mfd/wm8350-core.c | 6 ++----
drivers/mfd/wm8350-i2c.c | 24 +-----------------------
drivers/mfd/wm8400-core.c | 18 +++---------------
include/linux/mfd/wm831x/core.h | 1 -
19 files changed, 41 insertions(+), 307 deletions(-)


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