Re: [ACPI] [PATCH/RFC 0/4]Bind physical devices with ACPI devices

From: Li Shaohua
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 20:25:58 EST

On Mon, 2004-11-08 at 21:56, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 08, 2004 at 12:11:06PM +0800, Li Shaohua wrote:
> > ACPI provides many functionalities for physical devices. Such as for
> > suspend/resume, ACPI can tell us correct devices D-state for S3. There
> > are tons of devices enhancement for both realtime and boot time from
> > ACPI. To utilize ACPI, physical devices like PCI devices must know its
> > partner. The patches try to do this. After this is done, we can enhance
> > many features, such as improve suspend/resume.
> > These patches are against 2.6.10-rc1, please give your comments.
> I don't think this is a great way to do it. There's at least two other
> examples of firmware that interacts with drivers in a similar way that you
> could look at -- PA-RISC's PDC and Sun/Apple/IBM OpenFirmware. I don't
> know much about OpenFirmware, and I just redid the way parisc_device
> works, so I'll discourse about that for a bit.
> From a driver's point of view, it's simple. Call a function to get
> a cookie (an acpi_handle for ACPI, I guess), then pass that cookie to
> whatever functions necessary. This is the code in the sym2 SCSI driver:
> /*
> * Host firmware (PDC) keeps a table for altering SCSI capabilities.
> * Many newer machines export one channel of 53c896 chip as SE, 50-pin HD.
> * Also used for Multi-initiator SCSI clusters to set the SCSI Initiator ID.
> */
> static int sym_read_parisc_pdc(struct sym_device *np, struct pdc_initiator *pdc)
> {
> struct hardware_path hwpath;
> get_pci_node_path(np->pdev, &hwpath);
> if (!pdc_get_initiator(&hwpath, pdc))
> return 0;
> return SYM_PARISC_PDC;
> }
> #else
> static int sym_read_parisc_pdc(struct sym_device *np, struct pdc_initiator *x)
> {
> return 0;
> }
> #endif
> Hm.. ACPI doesn't really hanve anything SCSI-related in it. Let's look at
> IDE's _GTM and _STM for examples.
> static void ide_acpi_gtm(struct hwif_s *hwif, struct acpi_timing_mode *tm)
> {
> acpi_handle handle;
> acpi_buffer buffer = { ACPI_ALLOCATE_BUFFER, NULL};
> acpi_status status;
> handle = acpi_get_gendev_handle(&hwif->gendev);
> status = acpi_evaluate_object(handle, "_GTM", NULL, &buffer);
> ...
> }
> All we need is an acpi_get_gendev_handle that takes a struct device and
> returns the acpi_handle for it. Now, maybe that'd be best done by placing
> a pointer in the struct device, but I bet it'd be just as good to walk
> the namespace looking for the corresponding device.
I would agree with you if ACPI just supports PCI bus type, but ACPI
supports many bus types. We can't get an ACPI handler if only has a
'struct device'. You might say we can get its bus type from device->bus,
but we need a 'switch-case' to get what exactly the bus type is, but
this can't apply for loadable module bus type.


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