Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Device Tree on ARM platform

From: Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 15:57:54 EST

On 20:21 Wed 27 May , Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 03:13:55PM -0400, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Scott Wood <scottwood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > I'm not talking about platform specific code, I'm talking about code to
> > > retrieve information about a device from the device tree.  There would not
> > > be separate instances of this for "platforms X, Y and Z", just one
> > > of_platform binding in each driver.  It's no different than having a
> > > platform bus binding, except in the data structures used.
> > >
> > > But to restate, having external glue to create platform devices from the
> > > device tree is fine if that's what you want to do.  We used to do that, but
> > > it was a pain compared to keeping everything in one place.  Your experience
> > > may differ.
> >
> > Could 'struct platform_device' and 'struct of_platform_device" be
> > unified into a single structure? It's personal preference whether the
> > internal representation of the hardware is done via a device tree or
> > snippets of platform code, but do we need to have to different device
> > types?
> That's a damned good question - platform devices have been around since
> the dawn of the device model, so the real question which needs to be
> asked is: what was the reason that of_platform_device created rather
> than unifying it with the already provided platform_device ?
I agree at 100%

when you have to support the same driver for non OF and OF platform it's
really a pain in the ass

Best Regards,
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