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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] thermal/drivers/intel_menlow: Remove add_one_attribute
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Hi, Daniel,

On Tue, 2023-02-21 at 12:30 +0100, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> Hi Rui,
>
>
> On 21/02/2023 07:22, Zhang, Rui wrote:
> > On Mon, 2023-02-20 at 17:24 +0100, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> > > The driver hooks the thermal framework sysfs to add some driver
> > > specific information. A debatable approach as that may belong the
> > > device sysfs directory, not the thermal zone directory.
> > >
> > > As the driver is accessing the thermal internals, we should
> > > provide
> > > at
> > > least an API to the thermal framework to add an attribute to the
> > > existing sysfs thermal zone entry.
> > >
> > > Before doing that and given the age of the driver (2008) may be
> > > it is
> > > worth to double check if these attributes are really needed. So
> > > my
> > > first proposal is to remove them if that does not hurt.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@linaro.org>
> >
> > I don't have any device that uses this driver.
> > Let's see what Sujith says.
>
> Thanks for your answer.
>
> I take the opportunity to ask you for the ACPI thermal additional
> sysfs
> entries.
>
> The ACPI thermal driver adds a link:
>
> /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/device
>
> which points to:
>
> ../../../LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:01/LNXTHERM:00
>
>
> And in this directory there is:
>
> /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:01/LNXTHERM:00/thermal_zone
>
> pointing to /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0
>
>
> I was wondering if we have to keep it also? It is a cyclic
> description
> and we can have the several thermal zones having a device link
> pointing
> to the same location.

I don't think so. So far, ACPI Thermal object and the generic thermal
zone device are 1:1 match.

> So I'm not sure this is correct.
>
> I can understand adding a link in the thermal zone pointing to the
> device could make sense, and that could be generalized to all the
> thermal zone creation, but the back pointer link seems strange.
>
> Would it make sense to remove this second link ?

That was required by some userpsace tool running on menlow, similar to
this one. But TBH, I don't recall the userspace details.

thanks,
rui
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