Re: [PATCH v4 01/11] mfd: add pruss mfd driver.

From: Samuel Ortiz
Date: Sun May 22 2011 - 16:22:00 EST

Hi Arnd,

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:03:54PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 May 2011, Subhasish Ghosh wrote:
> > > Please look into implementing one of the three I suggested before
> > > you go off in another direction. In case of the third one, the idea
> > > was to configure the name of the device for each pru using sysfs,
> > > which then gets bound to the driver, which loads its own firmware
> > > as you do today. Only in the first two suggestions, the mfd driver
> > > would be responsible for loading the firmware.
> >
> > Ok, thanks for the clarification.
> > Instead of passing the device name, will it be ok to pass the mfd_id.
> > The benefit will be that I can use the ID directly as an array
> > index for the mfd_cell entries.
> I think a device name would be clearer here, especially in order
> to avoid conflicts when the list gets extended in different ways
> depending on which kernel runs.
> We had a little discussion at the Linaro Developer Summit about your
> driver and mfd drivers in general. There was a general feeling among
> some people (including me) that by the point you dynamically create
> the subdevices, MFD is probably not the right abstraction any more,
> as it does not provide any service that you need.
I agree it's not what it's been designed for.

> Instead, maybe you can simply call platform_device_register
> at that stage to create the children and not use MFD at all.
The MFD APIs are slightly easier to use though, imho.

> Samuel, can you comment on this as well? Do you still see pruss
> as an MFD driver when the uses are completely dynamic and determined
> by the firmware loaded into it?
Even though that is definitely not a typical MFD use case, I wouldn't object
strongly against it. Right now mfd is probably the least worst choice for this
kind of drivers, which still doesn't make it an ideal situation.


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