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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] leds: pca955x: Make the gpiochip always expose all pins
On Tue, 21 Sep 2021, at 14:09, Andrew Jeffery wrote:
> The devicetree binding allows specifying which pins are GPIO vs LED.
> Limiting the instantiated gpiochip to just these pins as the driver
> currently does requires an arbitrary mapping between pins and GPIOs, but
> such a mapping is not implemented by the driver. As a result,
> specifying GPIOs in such a way that they don't map 1-to-1 to pin indexes
> does not function as expected.
> Establishing such a mapping is more complex than not and even if we did,
> doing so leads to a slightly hairy userspace experience as the behaviour
> of the PCA955x gpiochip would depend on how the pins are assigned in the
> devicetree. Instead, always expose all pins via the gpiochip to provide
> a stable interface and track which pins are in use.
> Specifying a pin as `type = <PCA955X_TYPE_GPIO>;` in the devicetree
> becomes a no-op.
> I've assessed the impact of this change by looking through all of the
> affected devicetrees as of the tag leds-5.15-rc1:
> ```
> $ git grep -l 'pca955[0123]' $(find . -name dts -type d)
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-ibm-everest.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-ibm-rainier.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-opp-mihawk.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-opp-mowgli.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-opp-swift.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-opp-tacoma.dts
> arch/arm/boot/dts/aspeed-bmc-opp-witherspoon.dts
> ```
> These are all IBM-associated platforms. I've analysed both the
> devicetrees and schematics where necessary to determine whether any
> systems hit the hazard of the current broken behaviour. For the most
> part, the systems specify the pins as either all LEDs or all GPIOs, or
> at least do so in a way such that the broken behaviour isn't exposed.
> The main counter-point to this observation is the Everest system whose
> devicetree describes a large number of PCA955x devices and in some cases
> has pin assignments that hit the hazard. However, there does not seem to
> be any use of the affected GPIOs in the userspace associated with
> Everest.
> Regardless, any use of the hazardous GPIOs in Everest is already broken,
> so let's fix the interface and then fix any already broken userspace
> with it.
> Signed-off-by: Andrew Jeffery <>

Hello LED maintainers,

Just checking in on the state of this as it hasn't appeared in for-next.


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