Deprecating of_platform, the path from here...

Grant Likely grant.likely at
Fri Dec 11 07:47:33 EST 2009

Hi David,

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM, David Miller <davem at> wrote:
> From: David Miller <davem at>
> Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:15:50 -0800 (PST)
>> From: Grant Likely <grant.likely at>
>> Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 15:06:29 -0700
>>> 1) of_platform will be deprecated in preference of the platform bus.
>> What a shame, it's one of the cleanest driver probing models
>> in the tree.
> And BTW, have you folks who "decided" this considered at all the fact
> that it is much easier to describe represent platform devices using
> of OF devices rather than the other way around?

Yup.  I also think of_platform is a cleaner implementation than
platform, but the fact remains that there are far more platform
drivers than there are of_platform.  So, as nice as of_platform is, it
still does pretty much exactly the same job as platform.  I'd rather
see of_platform features migrated to platform than creating drivers
with dual registrations to be used on both OF and non-OF platforms.

Trying to go the other way around (deprecate platform and encouraging
of_platform instead) I don't think will gain much traction; whereas I
think bringing of_platform features into platform will be an easier
sell.  I'm trying to be pragmatic here.

> The platform device pdata mechanism requires data structure changes
> and is not dynamically extensible, whereas OF devices are
> fundamentally so.
> I don't like the idea to get rid of of_platform devices at all.

There are no plans to actually remove of_platform.  I certainly don't
plan to try and force SPARC to switch from of_platform to platform
bus.  But on PowerPC (and probably Microblaze) the plan is to move
away from of_platform for all the reasons discussed, and I'm not be
bringing of_platform over as I work on ARM support.

> OF devices are really clean, much like netlink messages, where
> arbitrary named attributes can be added or removed without any data
> structure changes at all.

No argument here.


Grant Likely, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Secret Lab Technologies Ltd.

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