Re: flash_platform_data namespace collision

From: David Brownell
Date: Sat Jan 16 2010 - 14:30:09 EST

On Saturday 16 January 2010, Matt Mackall wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-01-16 at 11:04 +0000, Russell King wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 11:41:15PM -0600, Matt Mackall wrote:
> > > I've got a board here with SPI, NOR, and NAND flash devices and I've
> > > just run into a namespace collision on flash_platform_data from
> >
> > The one in arch/arm/include/asm/mach/flash.h is designed to have great
> > appeal and flexibility across different platforms, and indeed we have
> > at least 70 users across six different MTD NOR flash drivers and two
> > MTD NAND drivers.

Yet it doesn't do what's needed for SPI flash (identify the chip type,
when it can't probed); and for that application none of those methods
are useful (and their slots are just wasted/confusing space).

> > If anything, I believe that this header should move into linux/mtd/
> > and become a standard structure for platforms to communicate their
> > requirements to flash drivers.
> Yeah, I think this is probably the way to go. Davids, any objections?

I had similar thoughts when I first happened across that structure.

But such a move wouldn't resolve $SUBJECT ... which is IMO best addressed
by the obvious rename of the one to spi_flash_platform_data.

- dave
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