Re: [PATCH RFC net-next 3/7] net: dsa: use fwnode_get_phy_mode() to get phy interface mode

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On Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 04:38:29PM +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 02:31:04PM +0000, Russell King (Oracle) wrote:
> > On Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 04:03:05PM +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 12:00:06PM +0000, Russell King (Oracle) wrote:
> ...
> > > > +	struct fwnode_handle *fwnode;
> > > 
> > > > +	fwnode = of_fwnode_handle(dp->dn);
> > > 
> > > 	const struct fwnode_handle *fwnode = of_fwnode_handle(dp->dn);
> > > 
> > > ?
> > 
> > Why const?
> Do you modify its content on the fly?

Do you want to litter code with casts to get rid of the const?

> For fwnode as a basic object type we want to reduce the scope of the possible
> modifications. If you don't modify and APIs you call do not require non-const
> object, use const for fwnode.

Let's start here. We pass this fwnode to fwnode_get_phy_mode():

include/linux/property.h:int fwnode_get_phy_mode(struct fwnode_handle *fwnode);

Does fwnode_get_phy_mode() alter the contents of the fwnode? Probably
not, but it doesn't take a const pointer. Therefore, to declare my
fwnode as const, I'd need to cast the const-ness away before calling

Then there's phylink_create(). Same problem.

So NAK to this const - until such time that we have a concerted effort
to making functions we call which do not modify the "fwnode" argument
constify that argument. Otherwise it's just rediculously crazy to
declare a variable const only to then litter the code with casts to get
rid of it at every call site.

Please do a bit of research before making suggestions. Thanks.

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