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Date:   Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:06:32 +0000
From:   Vadim Pasternak <>
To:     Guenter Roeck <>, Andrew Lunn <>,
        Ido Schimmel <>
CC:     "" <>,
        "" <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>, mlxsw <>
Subject: RE: [PATCH net-next 09/12] mlxsw: core: Extend hwmon interface with
 fan fault attribute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Guenter Roeck <> On Behalf Of Guenter Roeck
> Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:03 PM
> To: Andrew Lunn <>; Ido Schimmel <>
> Cc:;; Jiri Pirko
> <>; mlxsw <>; Vadim Pasternak
> <>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 09/12] mlxsw: core: Extend hwmon interface with
> fan fault attribute
> On 2/13/19 5:53 AM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:28:53AM +0000, Ido Schimmel wrote:
> >> From: Vadim Pasternak <>
> >>
> >> Add new fan hwmon attribute for exposing fan faults (fault indication
> >> is read from Fan Out of Range Event Register).
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Vadim Pasternak <>
> >> Reviewed-by: Jiri Pirko <>
> >> Signed-off-by: Ido Schimmel <>
> >
> > Hi Ido
> >
> > You should include the HWMON maintainer in the Cc: list.
> >
> > I would not be too surprised if he says to use
> > hwmon_device_register_with_info().
> >
> I would ask to do that for new drivers, but this is is not a new driver.
> On top of that, I wasn't included in its initial review. Since I wasn't involved, I
> have no idea what shape the driver is in, and for sure won't review it now (to
> retain my sanity).
> Only comment I have is that using the _with_info API and using devm_ functions
> might simplify the driver a lot. I'll be happy to do a review if/when that is done.
> Guenter

Hi Guenter,

Thank you for your comments.

But, this patch adds one new FAN attribute to the existing infrastructure.
At the time mlxsw core_hwmon module has been submitted, the API
hwmon_device_register_with_info() was not available yet.
Of course in a new modules we are using this API, like in
our mlxreg-fan for example.

The same is relevant for the patch 10/12 from this series – it also extends
the existing infrastructure.
But there, even in case of a new code the config structure for
hwmon_device_register_with_info()  would be look like:
	/* 3 entries like below - for chip ambient temperatures (could be from 1 to 3. */
	/* 128 entries like below - for modules temperatures (could be from 16 to 128. */
	/* 64 entries like below - for interconnects temperatures (could be from 0 to 64). */

Means we'll have 195 lines for configuration description and in case future systems will
be equipped with the bigger number of port slots and/or with the bigger number of
interconnects devices, the below structure will require modification.
Modification will be not necessary, in case we'll keep configuration like it is now.

Regarding devm_ API - it has been used initially in core_hwmon module, but the in
commit (9b3bc7db759e) it has been removed. And it was a good reason for that.
Chip can be re-programmed after initialization in case driver determines it needs to
flash a new firmware version. In such case after re-programming driver will make
registration again and among the other stuff it will make new registration with
hwmon subsystem. And in case it 's registered with
hwmon subsystem using devm_hwmon_device_register_with_groups(), the old
hwmon device (registered before the flashing) was never unregistered and was
referencing stale data, resulting in a use-after free.

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