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From: Sascha Hauer <s.hauer@pengutronix.de>
To: Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org>
Cc: "Rob Herring" <robh+dt@kernel.org>,
	"Hongzhou Yang" <hongzhou.yang@mediatek.com>,
	"Matthias Brugger" <matthias.bgg@gmail.com>,
	"Sascha Hauer" <kernel@pengutronix.de>,
	"Pawel Moll" <pawel.moll@arm.com>,
	"Mark Rutland" <mark.rutland@arm.com>,
	"Ian Campbell" <ijc+devicetree@hellion.org.uk>,
	"Kumar Gala" <galak@codeaurora.org>,
	"Russell King" <linux@arm.linux.org.uk>,
	"Grant Likely" <grant.likely@linaro.org>,
	"Joe.C" <yingjoe.chen@mediatek.com>,
	"Heiko Stübner" <heiko@sntech.de>,
	"Catalin Marinas" <catalin.marinas@arm.com>,
	"Vladimir Murzin" <vladimir.murzin@arm.com>,
	"Ashwin Chaugule" <ashwin.chaugule@linaro.org>,
	"devicetree@vger.kernel.org" <devicetree@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org"
	<linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org>,
	"huang eddie" <eddie.huang@mediatek.com>,
	dandan.he@mediatek.com, alan.cheng@mediatek.com,
	toby.liu@mediatek.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 2/3] dt-bindings: Add pinctrl bindings for mt65xx/mt81xx.
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:16:14 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20150113161614.GF23940@pengutronix.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CACRpkdYXrdiRWMV8YpxrSLe2rLEV-ZnX7=36w21zGquh==6WgA@mail.gmail.com>

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 11:05:22AM +0100, Linus Walleij wrote:
> >> I am worried that there is something in your reasoning that sort of
> >> assumes all pin controllers mux pins one-by-one and not in groups.
> >> How do we make it impossible to write a device tree that also
> >> make hardware that do groupwise config viable without ambiguities?
> >
> > Sorry, I don't understand this sentence. What do you mean here?
> >
> > The bindings I suggested are for individual pin based controllers
> > only. I know there are group based controllers, but I don't want to
> > change their bindings. I believe there is no single binding that is
> > good for both types of controllers.
> >
> > I think we must face it that individual pin based controllers are
> > different from group based controllers. That's the main difference
> > between different pin controllers and I think there are good reasons
> > to reflect that in the device tree.
> 
> OK let's work on a binding for this usecase.

Okay.

> 
> > You often talk about ambiguities. Could you give an example what
> > ambiguities you mean?
> 
> What happened was this pins = ; arguments were sometimes
> strings and sometimes integers, that becomes strange to handle
> in code, ambiguous.

I see. I like naming it 'pinmux' because that's what it is: pins and
mux settings. A plain 'pinno' suggests that it contains only pin mubers,
without mux setting. How about 'pin-no-mux'? We also could add an
explicit "pins-are-numbered" property instead of distinguishing this
by property names.

> 
> I'm fuzzily referring to the concept of things being named the
> same way in different device trees, yet lacking commonality,
> confusing a human reader that they may be the same thing,
> even if it is possible to write schemas and parsers handling
> it unambigously, so not ambiguity in the formal logic sense.
> 
> If i later want to refactor the code around this to a central
> parser I cannot do so because it would lead to formal ambiguities
> and is non-doable.

There could be a flag in the pinctroller struct indicating whether the
properties are to be interpreted as strings or as numbers.

> 
> > Note that the way we combine pin/mux in a single define is not new,
> > the i.MX pin controller uses this already and so far I'm not aware of
> > any problems this makes.
> 
> Yeah we never had time to sit down and come up with proper
> generic pin control bindings, we went with custom bindings
> partly because of general disagreements, partly because I
> was new to device tree and honestly had no idea of how
> to skin this cat.
> 
> Now that we get to formalize generic bindings for DT and
> ACPI and whatever alike, I prefer if we make both groupwise
> and per-pin pin controllers as strict and well defined as
> possible.
> 
> One minor problem I have with using an integer for mux config
> is that it assumes something about how many pins, configs etc
> that may exist on such a system. This should be stated
> explicitly in the bindings atleast so we know what restrictions
> we build into them. String-based function+group matching has
> no such restrictions.

No problem, that can be documented. Normally the defines should be used
anyway, not the plain pin numbers.

BTW one thing I really like about integers is the pure binary size. In
barebox I also parse the pinmux settings from the device tree. The
drivers using string matching are multiple times bigger due to the
string tables:

-rw-r--r-- 1 sha ptx  5436 Jan 13 15:00 imx-iomux-v3.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 sha ptx 42060 Jan 13 15:00 pinctrl-tegra30.o

Sascha

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  reply	other threads:[~2015-01-13 16:16 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <1415709535-31515-1-git-send-email-hongzhou.yang@mediatek.com>
2014-11-18 16:24 ` [PATCH v3 0/3] Add Mediatek SoC Pinctrl/GPIO driver for MT8135 Sascha Hauer
     [not found] ` <1415709535-31515-3-git-send-email-hongzhou.yang@mediatek.com>
2014-11-27  8:44   ` [PATCH v3 2/3] dt-bindings: Add pinctrl bindings for mt65xx/mt81xx Linus Walleij
2014-11-27 10:18     ` Sascha Hauer
2014-11-28 16:12       ` Linus Walleij
2014-12-02 13:55         ` Sascha Hauer
2015-01-10 21:33           ` Linus Walleij
2015-01-12 12:22             ` Sascha Hauer
2015-01-13 10:05               ` Linus Walleij
2015-01-13 16:16                 ` Sascha Hauer [this message]
2015-01-13 16:24                   ` Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD
2015-01-16  9:53                   ` Linus Walleij
2015-01-16 10:23                     ` Yingjoe Chen
2015-01-20  9:45                       ` Linus Walleij
2015-01-26 15:57                         ` Sascha Hauer
2015-01-27 14:07                           ` Linus Walleij
     [not found] ` <1415709535-31515-2-git-send-email-hongzhou.yang@mediatek.com>
2014-11-27  9:14   ` [PATCH v3 1/3] ARM: mediatek: Add Pinctrl/GPIO driver for mt8135 Linus Walleij

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