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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/3] usb: serial: xr_serial: Add gpiochip support
On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 10:57 AM Johan Hovold <johan@kernel.org> wrote:
> [Me]

> > A better approach might be to create an array of names
> > prepended with something device-unique like the USB
> > bus topology? Or do we need a helper to help naming the
> > GPIOs? What would be helpful here?
> >
> > name = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "%s-NAME", topology_str);
>
> Well we started discussing this back when we only had the sysfs
> interface which suffered from the same problem. I thought the chardev
> interface was supposed to get rid of the assumption of a flat name
> space? Perhaps in v3 of the ABI. ;P

It's "mostly true" that the line names are unique per-chip actually,
because people don't like the nasty warning message. I wonder
if anything would really break if I go in and make a patch to
enforce it, since all drivers passing ->names in the gpiochip
are in the kernel we can check them all.

If the names are unique-per-chip, we can add a restriction like this
with the requirement:

depends on !GPIO_SYSFS

so it can't even be compiled in if someone is using the sysfs.

That should solve the situation where people are (ab)using
the sysfs and getting name collisions as a result.

Then it should be fine for any driver to provide a names array
provided all the names are unique on that gpiochip.

I doubt it would break anything, but let's see what Geert says.
He has some special usecases in the gpio-aggregator driver
which will incidentally look for just linenames when
aggregating gpios, but I feel it is a bit thick for it to work
with multiple hot-pluggable GPIO chips as well, I don't think
that is its usecase. (We all want to be perfect but...)

> But what about any other non-pluggable
> IC, which provides a few named GPIO lines and of which there could be
> more than one in a system?

I think if there are such, and the lines are unique per-chip
we should make the drivers depend on !GPIO_SYSFS.

> The topology is already encoded in sysfs and it seems backwards to have
> each and every gpio driver reconstruct it.

I agree.

I think if this driver already has unique line-names per-gpiochip
we could actually make it depend on !GPIO_SYSFS and
just add the names.

Yours,
Linus Walleij

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