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SubjectRe[6]: [PATCH] mfd: syscon: Added support for using platform driver resources
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Hello.

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> >> >> Thanks for the patch adding non-dt support. :-)
> >> >>
> >> >> On Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 07:00:40PM +0400, Alexander Shiyan wrote:
> >> >> > This patch adds support usage platform driver resources, i.e.
> >> >> > possibility works without oftree support. Additionally patch
> >> >> > removes CONFIG_OF dependency and adds helper for accessing
> >> >> > regmap by searching device by its name.
> >> > ...
> >> >> > +static int syscon_match_name(struct device *dev, void *data)
> >> >> > +{
> >> >> > + return !strcmp(dev_name(dev), (const char *)data);
> >> >> > +}
> >> >> > +
> >> >> > +struct regmap *syscon_regmap_lookup_by_name(const char *name)
> >> >> > +{
> >> >> > + struct syscon *syscon;
> >> >> > + struct device *dev;
> >> >> > +
> >> >> > + dev = driver_find_device(&syscon_driver.driver, NULL, (void *)name,
> >> >> > + syscon_match_name);
> >> >> > + if (!dev)
> >> >> > + return ERR_PTR(-EPROBE_DEFER);
> >> >> > +
> >> >> > + syscon = dev_get_drvdata(dev);
> >> >> > +
> >> >> > + return syscon->regmap;
> >> >> > +}
> >> >> > +
> >> >>
> >> >> How about syscon_dev_to_regmap(struct device *dev) as the exist dt version
> >> >> syscon_node_to_regmap since it's not affected by the name change of devices?
> >> >
> >> > I am not completely understand what you mean. In my version which doing
> >> > search regmap by name, we can call this function with desired device name,
> >> > then use regmap:
> >> > struct regmap *r = syscon_regmap_lookup_by_name("syscon.1");
> >> >
> >>
> >> My concern is that this API may be used by other client drivers, if we hardcode
> >> the device name in those drivers, once the device name is changed,
> >> all those drivers need change too.
> >> For dt case, we use device node to find regmap, so does not care about the name.
> >>
> >> > You suggest use "struct device" as parameter?
> >>
> >> A device pointer.
> >>
> >> > I do not know what we should
> >> > use as parameter to the function in this case, since we can get "struct device"
> >> > only when register this device,
> >>
> >> If we have a platform_device, then we have its device pointer, right?
> >>
> >> > i.e. in board support code, not from anywhere,
> >> > for example from another driver.
> >> > Fixme please.
> >> >
> >> My understanding is that in board support code, we can have the
> >> platform device instance
> >> of that syscon compatible device, then we can use it as the platform
> >> data parameter for those devices driver who wants to use it.
> >> Then in client driver, it can call:
> >> syscon_dev_to_regmap(syscon_compatible_dev)
> >> to find the regmap.
> >> Just like dt working way, the device node usually uses a phandle pointing to
> >> the syscon compatible node which it wants to use.
> >
> > This is not as easy as it seems.
> > All devices that will use "syscon" driver, in this case should have a platform_data
> > record.
>
> Yes, that's the same way as the dt version does.
>
> > I think that it can create problems with using these drivers as modules.
>
> What problems do you think?

I've changed my opinion ;)

> > Alternatively, we can create additional (virtual) "compatible" text property in syscon
> > private data structure and use it to find the proper device. What is your opinion?
> >
>
> Hmm, i can't see why we need that.
> IMO, for non-dt, we can just use platform_device_id to match devices.

Unfortunately platform_device_id.name field have a length limitation. But, of course,
this is a other theme for discussion. So, I'll send new version of patch.
Thanks!

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