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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 5/5] of: property: Delete of_devlink kernel commandline option
Hi Saravana,

On Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 2:41 AM Saravana Kannan <saravanak@google.com> wrote:
> With the addition of fw_devlink kernel commandline option, of_devlink is
> redundant and not useful anymore. So, delete it.
>
> Signed-off-by: Saravana Kannan <saravanak@google.com>

Thanks for your patch!

This is now commit e94f62b7140fa3da ("of: property: Delete of_devlink
kernel commandline option") upstream.

> --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> @@ -3299,12 +3299,6 @@
> This can be set from sysctl after boot.
> See Documentation/admin-guide/sysctl/vm.rst for details.
>
> - of_devlink [OF, KNL] Create device links between consumer and
> - supplier devices by scanning the devictree to infer the
> - consumer/supplier relationships. A consumer device
> - will not be probed until all the supplier devices have
> - probed successfully.
> -
> ohci1394_dma=early [HW] enable debugging via the ohci1394 driver.
> See Documentation/debugging-via-ohci1394.txt for more
> info.

While I agree with the thunk above...

> diff --git a/drivers/of/property.c b/drivers/of/property.c
> index 15fc9315f1a7..f104f15b57fb 100644
> --- a/drivers/of/property.c
> +++ b/drivers/of/property.c
> @@ -1299,15 +1299,9 @@ static int of_link_to_suppliers(struct device *dev,
> return ret;
> }
>
> -static bool of_devlink;
> -core_param(of_devlink, of_devlink, bool, 0);
> -
> static int of_fwnode_add_links(const struct fwnode_handle *fwnode,
> struct device *dev)
> {
> - if (!of_devlink)
> - return 0;
> -
> if (unlikely(!is_of_node(fwnode)))
> return 0;

... I have some reservations about removing the actual code.
The "of_devlink" kernel parameter was supported in v5.5 and v5.6, so
removing its support may silently break some setups.

Is this likely to happen?
Do we need a compatibility fallback that warns to user to update his kernel
command line?

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

--
Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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