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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] leds: Add support for per-LED device triggers
Hi Ondrej,

I overlooked your reply in my inbox, sorry this took so long.

On Fri, 3 Jul 2020 15:08:09 +0200
Ondřej Jirman <megous@megous.com> wrote:

> Do you have such a switch? Also what's your real usecase?

Yes, on Turris MOX three 8-port ethernet switches can be plugged,
resulting in 24 ethernet ports, each having 2 LEDs.
The current driver does not expose these LEDs via sysfs, but I want to
add the support there. Each of these LEDs can be controlled by
software, or can be put into one of these HW controlled modes:
- Link (with three submodes: 10/100, Gb, 10Gb)
- Link activity (again with three submodes as above)
- PTP activity
- Force blink

> My usecase is a PMIC which has either a user-controllable or
> self-working mode for a single LED it controls. I want to be able to
> switch between those quickly and easily.

I understand your usecase completely. This is the same thing I want. I
just have reservations about how you want to implement this.

Marek

> I want the LED to be mostly controlled by PMIC, because that way PMIC
> can signal events that are not exposed to OS like overvoltage,
> overheating, etc. ... all automagically, but also be able to control
> it sometimes via SW (for non PMIC related notifications, eg.).
>
> So in my mindset LED is either controlled by Linux via various SW
> triggers, or it's self-working in some arbitrary device specific
> configuration that doesn't need any passing of the data via CPU for
> the LED to reflect some HW state.
>
> So I'd expose a 'hw-trigger' only on the LED device that allows this,
> that you can select among all the other regular triggers as you do
> now, and then configure its precise mode/options in sysfs (on the
> trigger kobj). The driver would come with some sane device specific
> defaults for the self-working mode.
>
> User can then select hw-trigger, in the triggers and would get a nice
> PMIC LED behavior controlled by HW, or a common LED behavior of the
> ehternet port, or on the wireless card, or whatever.
>
> From the perspective of this use case the interface is nice and
> generic:
>
> - you set LED to hw-trigger mode on boot
> - you set trigger to none and poke the LED with a pattern you want
> for the notification and put it back to hw-trigger mode again
> afterwards
>
> We can standardize on hw-trigger, or self-controlled, or some other
> name for this kind of private LED trigger, and then the userspace
> would not need to even care about the specific LED device type, when
> sitching between SW controlled and self-working modes.
>
> You'd be able to take SW control of the ethernet PHY controlled LEDs
> this way just the same as the PMIC LED with the same interface,
> described above. And if you don't like the default self-controled
> mode, you can change it via sysfs attributes on the trigger.
>
> It would also allow the user to switch between SW and HW control,
> without having to remember the previous HW triggering mode, because
> that could be persisted by the LED HW trigger device. So you can go
> back to previous HW triggering mode just by 'echo hw-trigger >
> your-led/trigger'.
>
> I've read through the discussions, and this seems like a workable
> interface.
>
> Most of the LED devices would just add one extra private trigger to
> the triggers_list, so it would not explode in the way you describe
> above.
>
> Also benefit of this approach is that it fits quite nicely with the
> existing code, and requires minimal changes. The trigger already
> allows for specifying sysfs attributes, too.
>
> regards,
> o.

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