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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 2/8] at91: pinctrl: don't request GPIOs used for interrupts but lock them as IRQ
2014-02-25 10:35 GMT+01:00 Jean-Jacques Hiblot <>:
> Hi Linus,
> 2014-02-24 14:25 GMT+01:00 Linus Walleij <>:
>> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Jean-Jacques Hiblot
>> <> wrote:
>>> During the xlate stage of the DT interrupt parsing, the at91 pinctrl driver
>>> requests the GPIOs that are described as interrupt sources. This prevents a
>>> driver to request the gpio later to get its electrical value.
>>> This patch replaces the gpio_request with a gpio_lock_as_irq to prevent the
>>> gpio to be set as an ouput while allowing a subsequent gpio_request to succeed
>>> Signed-off-by: Jean-Jacques Hiblot <>
>> OK, but is this really correct:
>>> @@ -1478,18 +1478,17 @@ static int at91_gpio_irq_domain_xlate(struct irq_domain *d,
>>> {
>>> struct at91_gpio_chip *at91_gpio = d->host_data;
>>> int ret;
>>> - int pin = at91_gpio->chip.base + intspec[0];
>>> if (WARN_ON(intsize < 2))
>>> return -EINVAL;
>>> *out_hwirq = intspec[0];
>>> *out_type = intspec[1] & IRQ_TYPE_SENSE_MASK;
>>> - ret = gpio_request(pin, ctrlr->full_name);
>>> + ret = gpio_lock_as_irq(&at91_gpio->chip, intspec[0]);
>> So when resolving an IRQ resource, we take for granted that it will be used
>> for IRQs and IRQs only? Is it not possible that this resolution is done
>> and then the driver using it unloads or whatever and it is still marked
>> as IRQ?
> No, once it's reserved for irq, it'll be for irq only.
>> I don't think the xlate function should have such side effects on
>> the gpio_chip internal state. I think it should just translate.
> I agree but I choose to only replace the gpio_request by a
> lock_as_irq(), not rework the whole thing. It seemed it would have
> more chance to be accepted this way. IMO the right time to do this is
> at the time of the request_irq()
>> The line is locked for IRQ the moment its startup() callback is
>> called, is it not?
>>> - ret = gpio_direction_input(pin);
>>> + ret = at91_gpio_direction_input(&at91_gpio->chip, intspec[0]);
>> I actually don't like this either. This kind of thing was causing
>> problems in the OMAP driver like hell.
> But calling gpio_direction_input() defeats the purpose of removing the
> gpio_request() because it ensures that the gpio is requested.
>> I think this should be deleted from xlate and at91_gpio_direction_input()
>> be called from the irqchip's .startup() or even .unmask() function
>> instead.
> irq_startup and irq_shutdown seem the right place for this because
> they're called when requesting and freeing the interrupt. It'll
> require a change to __setup_irq() though to check the return value of
> irq_startup.


Sorry, for the noise. You can forget this proposed patch and my
previous email. I just saw that the patch where this was done in
startup and shutdown was applied. I thought it had been rejected . I'm
sorry for the confusion.

>> Yours,
>> Linus Walleij

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