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Date:	Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:05:31 +0000
From:	Liam Girdwood <>
To:	Kay Sievers <>
Cc:	linux-kernel <>,
	Greg KH <>
Subject: Re: regulator: struct device - replace bus_id with dev_name(),

On Sun, 2008-11-02 at 03:55 +0100, Kay Sievers wrote:
> This patch is part of a larger patch series which will remove
> the "char bus_id[20]" name string from struct device. The device
> name is managed in the kobject anyway, and without any size
> limitation, and just needlessly copied into "struct device".
> To set and read the device name dev_name(dev) and dev_set_name(dev)
> must be used. If your code uses static kobjects, which it shouldn't
> do, "const char *init_name" can be used to statically provide the
> name the registered device should have. At registration time, the
> init_name field is cleared, to enforce the use of dev_name(dev) to
> access the device name at a later time.
> We need to get rid of all occurrences of bus_id in the entire tree
> to be able to enable the new interface. Please apply this patch,
> and possibly convert any remaining remaining occurrences of bus_id.
> We want to submit a patch to -next, which will remove bus_id from
> "struct device", to find the remaining pieces to convert, and finally
> switch over to the new api, which will remove the 20 bytes array
> and does no longer have a size limitation.




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