[lm-sensors] [PATCH] k8temp: Unset driver data in exit_remove

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Wed May 6 09:36:45 CEST 2009

Hi Andre,

On Wed, 6 May 2009 09:17:41 +0200, Andre Prendel wrote:
> Hi Jean, Rudolf,
> after infiltrating the sensors user space part, I think it's time to
> dive into kernel space. So I took a look at some of the sensor drivers
> to get an understanding. Unfortunately I couldn't find a bug to fix,
> so I had to do something else :)
> I don't know whether this patch is worth to be applied, but I have to
> start somewhere.

No, I don't want to apply this, sorry. While your patch is technically
correct, I prefer to always keep dev_set_drvdata(dev, NULL) or
equivalent right before freeing the data structure that may have been
used as the driver data. When developers copy and paste code around, it
makes it way less likely for them to leave dangling pointers behind.

Given that this is an error path and thus normally not taken, we don't
care about performance there, robustness is more important.

> I'm very interested in doing more kernel stuff. So if you have some
> work to do, please tell me about it.

I'll remember that :) Actually you may want to look at the abandoned
tmp401 driver. Hans de Goede worked on it originally but it never made
it into mainline. That's a pity because it was almost ready. I seem to
remember it needs to be updated due to i2c infrastructure changes, and
minor cleanups were needed before I would take the driver into mainline:


Is this something you'd be interested in? If you don't have any
supported chip, I can send you chip dumps, which you can feed into
i2c-stub to emulate a chip. Or if you are into soldering, you may be
able to ask TI for free chip samples.

> Thanks
> Andre
> ---
> At the exit_free label in k8temp_probe() the driver data is set to
> NULL. This field isn't set before. So this should be done in
> exit_remove.
> Signed-off-by: Andre Prendel <andre.prendel at gmx.de>
> ---
> --- linux-2.6.orig/drivers/hwmon/k8temp.c	2009-05-05 21:31:44.000000000 +0200
> +++ linux-2.6/drivers/hwmon/k8temp.c	2009-05-05 21:35:03.000000000 +0200
> @@ -281,8 +281,8 @@
>  	device_remove_file(&pdev->dev,
>  			   &sensor_dev_attr_temp4_input.dev_attr);
>  	device_remove_file(&pdev->dev, &dev_attr_name);
> -exit_free:
>  	dev_set_drvdata(&pdev->dev, NULL);
> +exit_free:
>  	kfree(data);
>  exit:
>  	return err;

Jean Delvare

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