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Date:   Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:51:52 -0800
From:   Dmitry Torokhov <>
To:     Mark Brown <>
Cc:     Liam Girdwood <>,
        Guenter Roeck <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] regulator: devres: introduce managed enable and
 disable operations

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 06:01:29PM +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 06:32:49PM -0800, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> > v2: restored lost regulator_disable() stub
> > Mark, note that there is also patch introducing devm_clk_prepare() and
> > devm_clk_prepare_enable() that Russell did not hate so I think it will
> > get applied eventually. I believe lack of CLK methods was cited as a
> > reason for not having managed enable for regulators.
> No, that's never been an issue.  The concern is partly that nobody
> bothered writing the patch but also that it gets messy over suspend and
> resume since you end up with drivers either doing explicit releases of
> managed resources (which is not normally a good pattern) or mixing
> managed and unmanaged access to the same resource which is also fun.  

I see where you are coming from, but I think that it is lesser concern
than mixing managed and unmanaged resources in probe() and remove() and
making sure that release order is right when they are mixed like that.

I think it is helps if you think about devm_regulator_enable and regular
regulator_enable as managed and unmanaged *actions*, not resources. So
managed action of enabling regulator will be undone on remove() and you
have to manually undo unmanaged regulator_disable() on resume(). It is
not worse than having unbalanced regulator_enable/disable between



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