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From: Anton Vorontsov <avorontsov@ru.mvista.com>
To: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	David Brownell <dbrownell@users.sourceforge.net>,
	"Steven A. Falco" <sfalco@harris.com>,
	Grant Likely <grant.likely@secretlab.ca>,
	Jean Delvare <khali@linux-fr.org>,
	David Miller <davem@davemloft.net>,
	i2c@lm-sensors.org, linuxppc-dev@ozlabs.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/7] gpiolib: implement dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 19:48:35 +0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20081020154835.GA3234@oksana.dev.rtsoft.ru> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <200810200029.58312.david-b@pacbell.net>

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 12:29:57AM -0700, David Brownell wrote:
[...]
> > Anyway most of them need some modifications to work with OF...
> 
> The changes I saw were just to cope with not having
> the system-specific platform_data provided:  don't
> fail if that pointer is NULL, and arrange for dynamic
> allocation of some GPIO numbers.
> 
> With OpenFirmware, presumably the implication is that
> the relevant data is in the OF device tree...

Yes. Some data is in the device tree.

> I think that it *barely* makes sense to allow the chips
> to bind to drivers without platform data when there's
> not even OF in the environment. ONLY in the case where
> the GPIOs are exported through sysfs, in fact, since
> otherwise there's no way for other system components
> to know those GPIOs even exist!!  And even that seems
> pretty marginal to me...

Platform data is a completely different story. And yes, we can't
handle it properly with the device tree. By "properly" I mean without
adding an explicit OF stuff to the drivers, i.e. we should handle the
pdata transparently to the existing drivers.

I quite like the bus notifiers approach:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/6/5/209  (mmc_spi example)

But it doesn't work as a module (i.e. OF-specific bits should be
always in-kernel).

[...]
> > If you don't like it, I can readily implement hooks for
> > gpiochip_{add,remove}().
> 
> It seems a better way to a clean solution, IMO.

Ok. I will do it.

[...]
> Did you look at providing chip-aware OF glue drivers
> for this stuff?  Doing stuff like just turn the OF
> device properties into the right platform_data, and
> maybe runing FORTH bytecodes to do other configuration
> magic needed...

Yes. Few times already. To make the glue, every driver needs
some modifications, and it is always triggers huge discussions
about how to exactly refactor the driver to make it work with
the OF.

http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/5/23/297 (again mmc_spi example).

-- 
Anton Vorontsov
email: cbouatmailru@gmail.com
irc://irc.freenode.net/bd2

  reply	other threads:[~2008-10-20 15:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 52+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-10-16 17:12 [PATCH 0/7 RFC] Handle I2C GPIO controllers with the OF (was: pca9539 I2C gpio expander) Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-16 17:12 ` [PATCH 1/7] powerpc and sparc: introduce dev_archdata node accessors Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-16 22:36   ` David Miller
2008-10-16 23:02     ` Grant Likely
2008-10-16 17:12 ` [PATCH 2/7] i2c: add info->archdata field Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-17  9:21   ` Jean Delvare
2008-10-22  0:27     ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-22  6:50       ` Jean Delvare
2008-10-22  7:37         ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-22 10:08           ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22 11:07             ` Jean Delvare
2008-10-22 12:50               ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-16 17:12 ` [PATCH 3/7] of: fill the archdata for I2C devices Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22  4:14   ` Grant Likely
2008-10-16 17:12 ` [PATCH 4/7] gpiolib: implement dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-17 20:24   ` David Brownell
2008-10-17 21:29     ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-20  7:29       ` David Brownell
2008-10-20 15:48         ` Anton Vorontsov [this message]
2008-10-22  0:29           ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-22  1:03             ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22  1:42               ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22  2:28                 ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-22  4:20                   ` Grant Likely
2008-10-22  4:22                   ` David Brownell
2008-10-22 10:36                     ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22 10:46                       ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22 18:32                         ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22 21:04                           ` David Brownell
2008-10-22 21:22                             ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-22 21:52                               ` David Brownell
2008-10-22 22:29                                 ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-23  5:19                                   ` David Brownell
2008-10-23  4:45                             ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-23  6:06                               ` David Brownell
2008-10-23  6:15                           ` David Brownell
2008-10-28 17:45                         ` [PATCH 0/6 RFC] OF-glue devices for I2C/SPI (was: " Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 1/6] of/base: Add new helper of_should_create_pdev() Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 2/6] of/of_i2c: implement of_{,un}register_i2c_device Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 3/6] of/of_i2c: add support for dedicated OF I2C devices Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 18:41                             ` David Miller
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 4/6] of/gpio: add support for two-stage registration for the of_gpio_chips Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 5/6] gpio/pca953x: pass gpio_chip pointer to the setup/teardown callbacks Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:46                           ` [PATCH 6/6] gpio: OpenFirmware bindings for the pca953x Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-28 17:53                           ` [PATCH 0/6 RFC] OF-glue devices for I2C/SPI (was: Re: [PATCH 4/7] gpiolib: implement dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls Grant Likely
2008-10-22  2:27               ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-10-16 17:13 ` [PATCH 5/7] of/gpio: implement of_dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-17 20:25   ` David Brownell
2008-10-17 21:13     ` Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-16 17:13 ` [PATCH 6/7] gpio/pca953x: convert to dev_gpiochip_add and make it work with the OF Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-16 17:13 ` [PATCH 7/7] i2c/mcu_mpc8349emitx: convert to the new I2C/OF/GPIO infrastructure Anton Vorontsov
2008-10-17 16:07 ` [PATCH 0/7 RFC] Handle I2C GPIO controllers with the OF (was: pca9539 I2C gpio expander) Steven A. Falco

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