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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 07/23] ata: libahci_platform: Convert to using devm bulk clocks API
On 5/12/22 01:17, Serge Semin wrote:
> In order to simplify the clock-related code there is a way to convert the
> current fixed clocks array into using the common bulk clocks kernel API
> with dynamic set of the clock handlers and device-managed clock-resource
> tracking. It's a bit tricky due to the complication coming from the
> requirement to support the platforms (da850, spear13xx) with the
> non-OF-based clock source, but still doable.
> Before this modification there are two methods have been used to get the
> clocks connected to an AHCI device: clk_get() - to get the very first
> clock in the list and of_clk_get() - to get the rest of them. Basically
> the platforms with non-OF-based clocks definition could specify only a
> single reference clock source. The platforms with OF-hw clocks have been
> luckier and could setup up to AHCI_MAX_CLKS clocks. Such semantic can be
> retained with using devm_clk_bulk_get_all() to retrieve the clocks defined
> via the DT firmware and devm_clk_get_optional() otherwise. In both cases
> using the device-managed version of the methods will cause the automatic
> resources deallocation on the AHCI device removal event. The only
> complicated part in the suggested approach is the explicit allocation and
> initialization of the clk_bulk_data structure instance for the non-OF
> reference clocks. It's required in order to use the Bulk Clocks API for
> the both denoted cases of the clocks definition.
> Note aside with the clock-related code reduction and natural
> simplification, there are several bonuses the suggested modification
> provides. First of all the limitation of having no greater than
> AHCI_MAX_CLKS clocks is now removed, since the devm_clk_bulk_get_all()
> method will allocate as many reference clocks data descriptors as there
> are clocks specified for the device. Secondly the clock names are
> auto-detected. So the LLDD (glue) drivers can make sure that the required
> clocks are specified just by checking the clock IDs in the clk_bulk_data
> array. Thirdly using the handy Bulk Clocks kernel API improves the
> clocks-handling code readability. And the last but not least this
> modification implements a true optional clocks support to the
> ahci_platform_get_resources() method. Indeed the previous clocks getting
> procedure just stopped getting the clocks on any errors (aside from
> non-critical -EPROBE_DEFER) in a way so the callee wasn't even informed
> about abnormal loop termination. The new implementation lacks of such
> problem. The ahci_platform_get_resources() will return an error code if
> the corresponding clocks getting method ends execution abnormally.
> Signed-off-by: Serge Semin <>
> ---
> Changelog v2:
> - Convert to checking the error-case first in the devm_clk_bulk_get_all()
> method invocation. (@Damien)
> - Fix some grammar mistakes in the comments.
> ---
> drivers/ata/ahci.h | 4 +-
> drivers/ata/libahci_platform.c | 84 ++++++++++++++++------------------
> 2 files changed, 41 insertions(+), 47 deletions(-)
Reviewed-by: Hannes Reinecke <>


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