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Date:   Fri, 3 May 2019 11:15:42 +0200
From:   Petr Štetiar <>
To:     Sergei Shtylyov <>
        Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Rob Herring <>,
        Frank Rowand <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        Srinivas Kandagatla <>,
        Maxime Ripard <>,
        Alban Bedel <>, Felix Fietkau <>,
        John Crispin <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 01/10] of_net: add NVMEM support to of_get_mac_address

Sergei Shtylyov <> [2019-05-03 11:44:54]:

Hi Sergei,

> > diff --git a/drivers/of/of_net.c b/drivers/of/of_net.c
> > index d820f3e..258ceb8 100644
> > --- a/drivers/of/of_net.c
> > +++ b/drivers/of/of_net.c
> [...]
> > @@ -64,6 +113,9 @@ static const void *of_get_mac_addr(struct device_node *np, const char *name)
> >    * addresses.  Some older U-Boots only initialized 'local-mac-address'.  In
> >    * this case, the real MAC is in 'local-mac-address', and 'mac-address' exists
> >    * but is all zeros.
> > + *
> > + * Return: Will be a valid pointer on success, NULL in case there wasn't
> > + *         'mac-address' nvmem cell node found, and ERR_PTR in case of error.
>    Returning both NULL and error codes on failure is usually a sign of a
> misdesigned API. 

well, then there's a lot of misdesigned APIs in the tree already, as I've just
grepped for IS_ERR_OR_NULL usage and found this pointer/NULL/ERR_PTR usage
pretty legit.

> Why not always return an error code?

I've received following comment[1] from Andrew:

 "What you have to be careful of, is the return value from your new code
  looking in NVMEM. It should only return EPROBE_DEFER, or another error
  if there really is expected to be a value in NVMEM, or getting it from
  NVMEM resulted in an error."

So in order to fullfil this remark, I can't simply use ENOENT instead of
current NULL, as the caller couldn't distinguish between ENOENT from
of_get_mac_address or ENOENT from NVMEM subsystem.


-- ynezz

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