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Date:   Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:13:07 +0100
From:   Petr Mladek <>
To:     Sakari Ailus <>
        Andy Shevchenko <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 5/5] lib/vsprintf: Add %pfw conversion specifier for
 printing fwnode names

On Fri 2019-03-22 17:29:30, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> Add support for %pfw conversion specifier (with "f" and "P" modifiers) to
> support printing full path of the node, including its name ("f") and only
> the node's name ("P") in the printk family of functions. The two flags
> have equivalent functionality to existing %pOF with the same two modifiers
> ("f" and "P") on OF based systems. The ability to do the same on ACPI
> based systems is added by this patch.
> On ACPI based systems the resulting strings look like
> 	\_SB.PCI0.CIO2.port@...ndpoint@0
> where the nodes are separated by a dot (".") and the first three are
> ACPI device nodes and the latter two ACPI data nodes.
> Depends-on: ("vsprintf: Remove support for %pF and %pf in favour of %pS and %ps")

Reusing obsolete modifiers is dangerous from many reasons:

   + people might miss the change of the meaning
   + backporting mistakes
   + 3rd party modules

It might be acceptable if the long term gain is bigger
than a short time difficulties. But it would be better
to it a safe way when possible.

Fortunately, we could keep the backward compatibility
for "%pf" and handle only "%pfw*" with the fwnode api.

Best Regards,

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