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Re: [PATCH v6 2/2] of: Make of_find_node_by_path() traverse /aliases for

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Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 2/2] of: Make of_find_node_by_path() traverse /aliases for relative paths.
From: David Daney <>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:18:31 -0800
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Grant and others,

Really this patch 2/2 is not so critical for me. I am using it, but can (and perhaps should) avoid using of_find_node_by_path() altogether, thus making the patch unneeded.

If you would like, we can drop this one, but I would still very much like '[PATCH v6 1/2] of/lib: Allow scripts/dtc/libfdt to be used from kernel code' to be merged.

Do you want me to send the first patch separately, or could you just 'cherry-pick' it from this set?

David Daney

On 02/29/2012 01:34 PM, David Daney wrote:
On 02/29/2012 12:36 PM, David Miller wrote:
From: David Daney<>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:21:04 -0800

Currently all paths passed to of_find_node_by_path() must begin with a
'/', indicating a full path to the desired node.

Augment the look-up code so that if a path does *not* begin with '/',
the path is used as the name of an /aliases property. The value of
this alias is then used as the full node path to be found.

Signed-off-by: David Daney<>

But as the caller you sure as hell know whether you have a "/"
prefixed name or not.

Yes, worst case we could just examine the first character of the string.

Why complicate an incredibly well designed and simple function for
something you can create another interface for?

Because in this message:

Grant explicitly asked me to do it this way when he said:

of_find_node_by_path() needs to be fixed to also accept alias
values so that a string that starts with a '/' is a full path, but
no leading '/' means start with an alias. This code will lose a
level of indentation if you can make that change to the common

And then in follow ups to that conversation, we eventually came up
with this patch.

If you find it particularly objectionable, convince Grant to NACK the
patch (but please keep me CCed on the conversation), and I will open
code the equivalent in my drivers.

David Daney

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