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SubjectRe: [PATCH] irqchip: Renesas INTC External IRQ pin driver
On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 05:35:51PM +0900, Magnus Damm wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM, Paul Mundt <lethal@linux-sh.org> wrote:
> > So how exactly does this interact with the existing sh_intc code? Or is
> > there some reason why you have opted to bypass it in order to implement a
> > simplified reduced-functionality version of INTC support focused only on
> > external pins? If both are used together this is going to be a nightmare
> > for locking, and it's also non-obvious how the IRQ domains on both sides
> > will interact.
> >
> > This needs a lot more explanation.
>
> Recent GIC-based SoCs do not make use of INTC for any on-chip I/O
> devices. This driver is meant to be used as a layer between the actual
> IRQ pin and the GIC. Anything else needs the full driver. The existing
> non-DT INTC driver can happily coexist with this driver like it does
> in the case of sh73a0 here:
>
> [PATCH 02/03] ARM: shmobile: INTC External IRQ pin driver on sh73a0
>
Ok, thanks for clarifying.

I suppose the main concern is how quickly this will simply turn in to a
deviated partial implementation of the full driver as newer SoCs begin
deviating from your simplified case, and we basically end up
reimplementing sh_intc anyways.

> The driver is not meant to be used with INTC-only based systems like
> sh7372 and the SH architecture. I would be very happy if someone could
> get their shit together and fix up DT support for the common INTC
> code. This has not happened yet though. So if you know anyone with
> time to spare then feel free to suggest them to work together with
> Iwamatsu-san to get the DT version of the code reviewed together with
> Linaro.
>
I haven't heard or seen anything new on that in some time, so I assumed
the work had stalled. I'm not sure why there wasn't more effort put in to
DT support for the INTC code rather than simply coming up with a
temporary bypass shim, and I'm not sure why you think this work is
blocked by anyone (unless you're just referring to a general lack of
resources).

In any event, I'm not sure what the best option for the interim is. I
suppose we can merge the irqchips until the INTC stuff catches up, but
then we are probaby going to run in to a situation where they either have
to co-exist, or the irqchips are removed and the sh_intc code has to
carry a compat shim to deal with those DT bindings. Neither of those
options seem particularly appealing to me.


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