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Re: [PATCH] Added MIPS RM9K watchdog driver

To: Randy Dunlap <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Added MIPS RM9K watchdog driver
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 14:04:51 +0000
Cc: Wim Van Sebroeck <>, Thomas Koeller <>, Dave Jones <>, Alan Cox <>, Sam Ravnborg <>, Alexey Dobriyan <>,,
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On Wed, Nov 01, 2006 at 10:11:25PM -0800, Randy Dunlap wrote:

> >     wd_regs = ioremap_nocache(rr->start, rr->end + 1 - rr->start);
> >     if (unlikely(!wd_regs))
> >             return -ENOMEM;
> There's no way to return the resources on failure?

MIPS drivers (and this one is specific to a particular MIPS SOC) are
generally a bit sloopy about checking of return values of ioremap because
ioremap is only doing some address arithmetic but no allocations that
actually could fail.  So for 64-bit kernels or addresses below 0x20000000
on a 32-bit system ioremap cannot fail.  In the same cases ioremap happens
to be a no-op because where nothing was allocated nothing needs to be

> >                     if (unlikely(__copy_from_user(&val, (const void __user 
> > *) arg,

Note to self, __copy_from_user and gang are generally assume to not
return an error so it might be a good idea to move that unlikely() into
the macro definitions.


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