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

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Mon May 23 2011 - 11:14:13 EST

Hi Samuel,

On Sunday 22 May 2011, Samuel Ortiz wrote:
> On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:03:54PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Wednesday 11 May 2011, Subhasish Ghosh wrote:
> > 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.

Thanks for your input! When you say that MFD APIs are easier to use than
platform_device APIs, is that something we should fix with platform devices
to make them easier to use?

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