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1		How to Get Your Patch Accepted Into the Hwmon Subsystem
2		-------------------------------------------------------
4	This text is a collection of suggestions for people writing patches or
5	drivers for the hwmon subsystem. Following these suggestions will greatly
6	increase the chances of your change being accepted.
9	1. General
10	----------
12	* It should be unnecessary to mention, but please read and follow
13	    Documentation/SubmitChecklist
14	    Documentation/SubmittingDrivers
15	    Documentation/SubmittingPatches
16	    Documentation/CodingStyle
18	* Please run your patch through 'checkpatch --strict'. There should be no
19	  errors, no warnings, and few if any check messages. If there are any
20	  messages, please be prepared to explain.
22	* If your patch generates checkpatch errors, warnings, or check messages,
23	  please refrain from explanations such as "I prefer that coding style".
24	  Keep in mind that each unnecessary message helps hiding a real problem,
25	  and a consistent coding style makes it easier for others to understand
26	  and review the code.
28	* Please test your patch thoroughly. We are not your test group.
29	  Sometimes a patch can not or not completely be tested because of missing
30	  hardware. In such cases, you should test-build the code on at least one
31	  architecture. If run-time testing was not achieved, it should be written
32	  explicitly below the patch header.
34	* If your patch (or the driver) is affected by configuration options such as
35	  CONFIG_SMP, make sure it compiles for all configuration variants.
38	2. Adding functionality to existing drivers
39	-------------------------------------------
41	* Make sure the documentation in Documentation/hwmon/<driver_name> is up to
42	  date.
44	* Make sure the information in Kconfig is up to date.
46	* If the added functionality requires some cleanup or structural changes, split
47	  your patch into a cleanup part and the actual addition. This makes it easier
48	  to review your changes, and to bisect any resulting problems.
50	* Never mix bug fixes, cleanup, and functional enhancements in a single patch.
53	3. New drivers
54	--------------
56	* Running your patch or driver file(s) through checkpatch does not mean its
57	  formatting is clean. If unsure about formatting in your new driver, run it
58	  through Lindent. Lindent is not perfect, and you may have to do some minor
59	  cleanup, but it is a good start.
61	* Consider adding yourself to MAINTAINERS.
63	* Document the driver in Documentation/hwmon/<driver_name>.
65	* Add the driver to Kconfig and Makefile in alphabetical order.
67	* Make sure that all dependencies are listed in Kconfig.
69	* Please list include files in alphabetic order.
71	* Please align continuation lines with '(' on the previous line.
73	* Avoid forward declarations if you can. Rearrange the code if necessary.
75	* Avoid macros to generate groups of sensor attributes. It not only confuses
76	  checkpatch, but also makes it more difficult to review the code.
78	* Avoid calculations in macros and macro-generated functions. While such macros
79	  may save a line or so in the source, it obfuscates the code and makes code
80	  review more difficult. It may also result in code which is more complicated
81	  than necessary. Use inline functions or just regular functions instead.
83	* Limit the number of kernel log messages. In general, your driver should not
84	  generate an error message just because a runtime operation failed. Report
85	  errors to user space instead, using an appropriate error code. Keep in mind
86	  that kernel error log messages not only fill up the kernel log, but also are
87	  printed synchronously, most likely with interrupt disabled, often to a serial
88	  console. Excessive logging can seriously affect system performance.
90	* Use devres functions whenever possible to allocate resources. For rationale
91	  and supported functions, please see Documentation/driver-model/devres.txt.
92	  If a function is not supported by devres, consider using devm_add_action().
94	* If the driver has a detect function, make sure it is silent. Debug messages
95	  and messages printed after a successful detection are acceptable, but it
96	  must not print messages such as "Chip XXX not found/supported".
98	  Keep in mind that the detect function will run for all drivers supporting an
99	  address if a chip is detected on that address. Unnecessary messages will just
100	  pollute the kernel log and not provide any value.
102	* Provide a detect function if and only if a chip can be detected reliably.
104	* Only the following I2C addresses shall be probed: 0x18-0x1f, 0x28-0x2f,
105	  0x48-0x4f, 0x58, 0x5c, 0x73 and 0x77. Probing other addresses is strongly
106	  discouraged as it is known to cause trouble with other (non-hwmon) I2C
107	  chips. If your chip lives at an address which can't be probed then the
108	  device will have to be instantiated explicitly (which is always better
109	  anyway.)
111	* Avoid writing to chip registers in the detect function. If you have to write,
112	  only do it after you have already gathered enough data to be certain that the
113	  detection is going to be successful.
115	  Keep in mind that the chip might not be what your driver believes it is, and
116	  writing to it might cause a bad misconfiguration.
118	* Make sure there are no race conditions in the probe function. Specifically,
119	  completely initialize your chip and your driver first, then register with
120	  the hwmon subsystem.
122	* Use devm_hwmon_device_register_with_groups() or, if your driver needs a remove
123	  function, hwmon_device_register_with_groups() to register your driver with the
124	  hwmon subsystem. Try using devm_add_action() instead of a remove function if
125	  possible. Do not use hwmon_device_register().
127	* Your driver should be buildable as module. If not, please be prepared to
128	  explain why it has to be built into the kernel.
130	* Do not provide support for deprecated sysfs attributes.
132	* Do not create non-standard attributes unless really needed. If you have to use
133	  non-standard attributes, or you believe you do, discuss it on the mailing list
134	  first. Either case, provide a detailed explanation why you need the
135	  non-standard attribute(s).
136	  Standard attributes are specified in Documentation/hwmon/sysfs-interface.
138	* When deciding which sysfs attributes to support, look at the chip's
139	  capabilities. While we do not expect your driver to support everything the
140	  chip may offer, it should at least support all limits and alarms.
142	* Last but not least, please check if a driver for your chip already exists
143	  before starting to write a new driver. Especially for temperature sensors,
144	  new chips are often variants of previously released chips. In some cases,
145	  a presumably new chip may simply have been relabeled.
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