[alsa-devel] [PATCH] ak4642: show error if register write fails

Mark Brown broonie at kernel.org
Tue Mar 11 19:44:37 CET 2014

On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 04:15:01PM +0100, Takashi Iwai wrote:

> This should be decided for each case, and I agree with the usefulness
> of error logging for this particular case.  The I/O errors are
> basically exceptions, and shouldn't happen in normal operations.


> That said, if the driver behavior depends on such lowlevel errors,
> its design is wrong, must be fixed in anyway.

Indeed, this shouldn't be something that happens in normal operation.
Usually you'd see this during board bringup if you'd got something like
I2C, regulators or reset GPIOs hooked up wrongly or missing, though you
can see things like incorrectly handled ramp or reset times triggering
it too.  By the time the system is actually in use it shouldn't happen
which is why we've not been having problems with ignoring errors.

> Still an open question is whether it should be dev_err() or
> dev_dbg().  Ideally speaking, dev_dbg() should be used, while
> dev_err() would be more practical.

I think given that it's generally a sign of substantial hardware failure
dev_err() is justified, probably the user will be noticing other issues
and it'll help a lot with root causing.  I'd guess Ben had something
like one of the situations above and needed this to figure it out.
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