Re: [PATCH 1/3] serial/imx: add device tree support

From: Grant Likely
Date: Sun Jun 19 2011 - 14:44:59 EST

On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Rob Herring <robherring2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 06/19/2011 10:05 AM, Grant Likely wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 1:30 AM, Shawn Guo <shawn.guo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:19:34AM -0600, Grant Likely wrote:
>>>> On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 11:19:12PM +0800, Shawn Guo wrote:
>>>>> It adds device tree data parsing support for imx tty/serial driver.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Jeremy Kerr <jeremy.kerr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Jason Liu <jason.hui@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Shawn Guo <shawn.guo@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> Cc: Sascha Hauer <s.hauer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> ---
>>>>>  .../bindings/tty/serial/fsl-imx-uart.txt           |   21 +++++
>>>>>  drivers/tty/serial/imx.c                           |   81 +++++++++++++++++---
>>>>>  2 files changed, 92 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
>>>>>  create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/tty/serial/fsl-imx-uart.txt
>>>>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/tty/serial/fsl-imx-uart.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/tty/serial/fsl-imx-uart.txt
>>>>> new file mode 100644
>>>>> index 0000000..7648e17
>>>>> --- /dev/null
>>>>> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/tty/serial/fsl-imx-uart.txt
>>>>> @@ -0,0 +1,21 @@
>>>>> +* Freescale i.MX Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART)
>>>>> +
>>>>> +Required properties:
>>>>> +- compatible : should be "fsl,<soc>-uart", "fsl,imx-uart"
>>>> I'd make this "fsl,<soc>-uart", "fsl,imx51-uart"
>>>> It's better to anchor these things on real silicon, or a real ip block
>>>> specification rather than something pseudo-generic.  Subsequent chips,
>>>> like the imx53, should simply claim compatibility with the older
>>>> fsl,imx51-uart.
>>> It is a real IP block on all imx silicons (except imx23 and imx28
>>> which are known as former stmp).
>>>> (in essence, "fsl,imx51-uart" becomes the generic string without the
>>>> downside of having no obvious recourse when new silicon shows up that
>>>> is an imx part, but isn't compatible with the imx51 uart.
>>> In this case, should imx1 the ancestor of imx family than imx51
>>> becomes part of that generic string?  Claiming uart of imx1, imx21
>>> and imx31 (senior than imx51) compatible with the imx51 uart seems
>>> odd to me.
>>> That said, IMO, "fsl,imx-uart" stands a real IP block specification
>>> here and can be a perfect generic compatibility string to tell the
>>> recourse of any imx silicon using this IP.
>> Yes, but which /version/ of the IP block?  Hardware designers are
>> notorious for changing hardware designs for newer silicon, sometimes
>> to add features, sometimes to fix bugs.  While I understand the
>> temptation to boil a compatible value down to a nice clean generic
>> string, doing so only works in a perfect world.  In the real world,
>> you still need to have some information about the specific
>> implementation.  I prefer this specifying it to the SoC name, but I've
>> been known to be convinced that specifying it to the ip-block name &
>> version in certain circumstances, like for IP blocks in an FPGA, or
>> some of the Freescale powerpc pXXXX SoCs which actually had an IP
>> block swapped out midway through the life of the chip.
> There are definitely uart changes along the way with each generation.
>> Besides, encoding an soc or ip block version into the 'generic'
>> compatible values is not just good practice, it has *zero downside*.
>> That's the beauty of the compatible property semantics.  Any node can
>> claim compatibility with an existing device.  If no existing device
>> fits correctly, then the node simple does not claim compatibility.
>> Drivers can bind to any number of compatible strings, so it would be
>> just fine for the of_match_table list to include both "fsl,imx-21" and
>> "fsl,imx-51" (assuming that is the appropriate solution in this case).
> Don't you need uart or serial in here somewhere.

you are of course correct. The examples should be "fsl,imx21-uart" &
"fsl,imx51-uart". I was just writing too quickly.

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