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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/11] spi/pxa2xx: make clock rate configurable from platform data
On 1/8/2013 2:10 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 02:41:53PM +0200, Mika Westerberg wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 11:02:28AM +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
>>> No, the way to do this is to fix x86 to enable the clock API there. The
>>> x86 maintainers couldn't be bothered when I submitted a patch and
>>> getting anyone to take a patch to make it available by default appears
>>> to be unreasonably hard but perhaps if someone from Intel tries the x86
>>> maintainers might take a patch...
>> Do you mean enabling CONFIG_COMMON_CLK on x86?
> Yes.

Why so? x86 doesn't have a notion of direct clock control, at least not
on the ACPI systems.

>>> We shouldn't be adding special case code to every driver that might need
>>> a clock that gets used on an Intel system.
>> I agree and it is cleaner to have the same API for all arches. However, I'm
>> not sure how do we create the fixed clocks then? There is nothing in ACPI
>> namespace (or in the ACPI 5.0 spec) that allows you to describe clocks and
>> their relationships.
> I'm sure it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that we could solve
> this problem...

No, it isn't. Any suggestions?

>> So then we end up either:
>> 1. Creating a custom board file for Lynxpoint which creates the
>> clocks. This is something I think x86 maintainers don't want to
>> see.
>> 2. Creating the clock in the driver itself in its ACPI enumeration
>> implementation. This might work but it litters the drivers with
>> clock details.
>> Or is there something I'm missing?
> Well, it seems fairly clear to me that the SoC wiring ought to be done
> outside the driver.
> It is something that needs to be resolved for your smartphone SoCs for

We're not talking about smartphones and even not about SoCs here, sorry.

This is a laptop CPU that happens to have an SPI controller integrated.

> this and for other things like platform data for external chips, what's
> actually happening in practical systems here is that people are just
> hacking the arch code as there's no mechanism for providing
> configuration at present.

I'm not sure what you're referring to, but here we have ACPI as a
configuration mechanism.

Which doesn't allow us to control clocks directly.


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