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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/2] i2c: core-smbus: fix a potential missing-check bug

> > hopefully I have time to write a small coccinelle rule to find if
> > constant values are returned in a function declared as master_xfer.
>
> That would be a good thing.

Did that now and only found drivers which have a (meanwhile) needless
parameter check for 'num'. Will set you on CC for those fixes. I didn't
find any drivers incorrectly returning 0 instead of num. Except the ones
you already fixed.


> Maybe a long term goal is to simply return
> zero on success for .master_xfer, because currently the only expected
> success value is the number of messages sent, but the caller is in all
> likelihood already aware of that count, so it all seems rather like
> something that is just pointless and easy to get wrong...

Yes, the comment in the core is still true:

/* REVISIT the fault reporting model here is weak:
* ...

Returning 0 or -ERRNO sounds best to me, too. But we would need to make
sure there is no in-kernel user relying on the current behaviour. As you
said, this is a long-term goal at best.

> > What do you mean with "short success for some sequence" here?
>
> By "short" I mean not all requested messages transferred. By "success"
> I mean non-negative.

Ah, I understand now, thanks.

> I.e. when I look at rcar_i2c_master_xfer(), it sets things up for all
> messages to be transferred, starts things off and waits for completion
> (or timeout). But the driver is too involved for it to be easy to say
> that either all messages are transferred or a negative error is
> returned. I never managed to see that anyway.

Well, I am the maintainer of that driver, so I can say something about
that :) The HW design has a flaw for older SoCs which makes the driver
prone to a race condition. This is why we set up new messages in
interrupt context, too. Everything else turned out to be too expensive.

> And the function has that "ret = num - priv->msgs_left;" statement
> indicating that whomever wrote it thought it perfectly ok to return
> such a "short success" (which noone is expecting).

I copied over that old behaviour when refactoring the driver. But I see
what you mean, and couldn't also really see a path where a "short
success" could actually happen.

Thanks,

Wolfram

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