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Date:   Wed, 9 Jan 2019 11:03:44 +0000
From:   Jon Hunter <>
To:     Kuninori Morimoto <>
CC:     Mark Brown <>,
        Liam Girdwood <>,
        <>, Matthias Reichl <>,
        Marcel Ziswiler <>,
        Takashi Iwai <>, <>,
        Marcel Ziswiler <>
Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] [PATCH v1 3/3] ASoC: soc-core: fix platform name vs.
 of_node assignement

On 09/01/2019 01:51, Kuninori Morimoto wrote:
> Hi Jon
> Thank you for your help
>>> Yes so this does workaround the problem. However, per my previous
>>> comments, I would like to explore whether it is necessary to allocate
>>> the platform link component or if it can be static.
> OK, thanks.
> It *will* be static, but not yet.
> Thank you for your patch.
> I guess you worry about allocated memory leak when failed case ?
> It is using devm_kzalloc(), so all allocated memory will be automatically
> freed when card was detached.
> But indeed if driver gots -EPROBE_DEFER many times,
> it will allocate many unused platform.

No. Offline you had suggested using kmalloc and not devm_kzalloc and so
I was worried in that case about a memory leak. Right now I am only
concerned about an invalid pointer that is not being handled correctly.

> Here is the background of snd_soc_init_platform.
> Legacy dai_link was xxx_name/xxx_of_node style,
> but multi codec support starts to use snd_soc_dai_link_component style.
> OTOH Lars-Petter is thinking that current ALSA SoC is not good match
> for modern sound device.
> I guess, we need "multi xxx" support as 1st step for modern sound device.
> "multi codec" is already supported,
> "multi cpu"   patch was posted, but not yet accepted (or rejected ??).
> "multi platform" is no plan (?).

I would like someone to explain what multi-platform means? Even if a
soundcard supports multiple platforms, there is only one platform you
are using at any time so ...

> These want to use snd_soc_dai_link_component style,
> because it is nice for multi xxx support style, I think.
> I think no one is planing for "multi platform" so far, thus,
> I posted snd_soc_dai_link_component style for it.
> # Maybe it should have num_platform, too.
> # all driver will have .num_platform = 1, thus I didn't added.
> # maybe it was my fault...

... I don't understand why you would ever need a 'num_platform' as the
machine driver just needs to understand which platform is using it at
any given time. Right?

> The reason why platform/codec is allocating/copying by snd_soc_init_xxx
> so far is that it is glue for
> xxx_name/xxx_of_node (legacy style) <-> snd_soc_init_platform (modern style).
> I want to which to modern style immediately and remove legacy style.
> But as you know, we have too many ALSA SoC drivers now.
> So, if I posted "switch legacy style to modern style" patch
> for each (= for codec, for platform, for cpu), it will be patch-bomb,
> and Lars-Petter/Mark don't like it.
> Thus, I'm waiting "multi CPU" support patch.

Sorry, I still don't understand the dependency on the multi CPU and why
we need to wait.

> If CPU/Codec/Platform can be snd_soc_init_platform style,
> then, we can switch to modern style for all drivers.
> Then, all driver will have *static* platform.
> # So, I guess if your driver can switch to use
> # snd_soc_init_platform style directly, your problem can gone ?

Yes that is an alternative and I can convert all the Tegra machine
drivers to use this now. However, that will not solve the problem for
non-Tegra devices and everyone will have to do this.



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