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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 3/6] pinctrl: Make PINCTRL selectable by defconfig/menuconfig
On Mon 16 Dec 02:01 PST 2013, Linus Walleij wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM, Christian Daudt <> wrote:
> > I had requested this from Sherman. The reason is so that pinctrl can
> > be selectable through defconfig, instead of through SoC select
> > statements. And the reason for that is so that, in the future, some of
> > these can be switched into loadable modules (which can't be done from
> > Kconfig). This will become necessary with the move to multiplatform -
> > we won't be able to have everything static anymore.
> Isn't it sufficient to make the pin controller entry tristate rather
> than bool?
> And as mentioned elsewhere this does not at all solve the issue
> that we still need to have all basic IRQchips and timer drivers
> compiled into the kernel.

No matter how we build the individual pinctrl drivers we will always
need the pinctrl framework in a multi-soc zImage; so I can't see that
we gain anything from being able to compile PINCTRL as a module.

I don't like compiling the individual pinctrl drivers as modules, as
it leaves us with a waterfall of PROBE_DEFERRs.


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