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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] clk: sun6i: Protect CPU clock
Hi Emilio.

On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 08:38:44PM -0300, Emilio López wrote:
> Why is this so? Can't a clock be left enabled while nobody has a
> reference to it? I have looked around in Documentation/ (rather quickly
> I must say) and have not found any explicit mention that it is required
> to keep a reference to the clock while it's enabled. I'd appreciate it
> if you could explain this a bit more verbosely or point me to the
> relevant documents.

First up, if you have a requirement that a clock be enabled, then is it
not unreasonable to ensure that the clock is referenced?

Secondly, what if we have code which scans the clocks in the system,
shutting down those leaf clocks which appear to be unreferenced?

Thirdly, the API (as I designed it) says so:

* clk_put - "free" the clock source
* @clk: clock source
* Note: drivers must ensure that all clk_enable calls made on this
* clock source are balanced by clk_disable calls prior to calling
* this function.
* clk_put should not be called from within interrupt context.
void clk_put(struct clk *clk);

which has been there since the API was first created - it's part of the
contract between drivers using the API and implementers creating something
which conforms to the API - which today means CCF.

The intention here is that while there are any users holding a clk_get()
reference on a clock, the clock is assumed to be required for some
device, and the struct clk may not be kfree'd, nor may its state be
changed in an unpredictable way to those drivers holding a reference
to it.

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