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Date:   Wed, 29 May 2019 20:03:14 -0700
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,, Dan Carpenter <>,
        Enric Balletbo i Serra <>,
        Chanwoo Choi <>,
        MyungJoo Ham <>,
        Sasha Levin <>
Subject: [PATCH 5.1 196/405] PM / devfreq: Fix static checker warning in try_then_request_governor

[ Upstream commit b53b0128052ffd687797d5f4deeb76327e7b5711 ]

The patch 23c7b54ca1cd: "PM / devfreq: Fix devfreq_add_device() when
drivers are built as modules." leads to the following static checker

    drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c:1043 governor_store()
    warn: 'governor' can also be NULL

The reason is that the try_then_request_governor() function returns both
error pointers and NULL. It should just return error pointers, so fix
this by returning a ERR_PTR to the error intead of returning NULL.

Fixes: 23c7b54ca1cd ("PM / devfreq: Fix devfreq_add_device() when drivers are built as modules.")
Reported-by: Dan Carpenter <>
Signed-off-by: Enric Balletbo i Serra <>
Reviewed-by: Chanwoo Choi <>
Signed-off-by: MyungJoo Ham <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
 drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c b/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
index 0ae3de76833b7..839621b044f49 100644
--- a/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
+++ b/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
@@ -228,7 +228,7 @@ static struct devfreq_governor *find_devfreq_governor(const char *name)
  * if is not found. This can happen when both drivers (the governor driver
  * and the driver that call devfreq_add_device) are built as modules.
  * devfreq_list_lock should be held by the caller. Returns the matched
- * governor's pointer.
+ * governor's pointer or an error pointer.
 static struct devfreq_governor *try_then_request_governor(const char *name)
@@ -254,7 +254,7 @@ static struct devfreq_governor *try_then_request_governor(const char *name)
 		/* Restore previous state before return */
 		if (err)
-			return NULL;
+			return ERR_PTR(err);
 		governor = find_devfreq_governor(name);

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