Re: [PATCH] pinctrl: Add generic pinctrl-simple driver that supportsomap2+ padconf

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Fri May 11 2012 - 17:04:40 EST

On 05/11/2012 01:51 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> * Stephen Warren <swarren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> [120511 12:21]:
>> The mapping of GPIO to pinctrl pins would presumably be driven solely by
>> the HW design of the pin controller and GPIO, and not by the mux
>> selection in the pin controller (otherwise, I'd argue this isn't a
>> simple case that should be handled by pinctrl-simple).
>> As such, I'd expect some properties/table at the top-level of the pin
>> controller object to describe the GPIO mapping. In turn, that implies
>> that the individual per-pin mux-selection/configuration nodes don't need
>> to describe any GPIO-related information.
> Yes good point. I agree it's a HW design issue, and could be in the properties
> for the pin controller object.
> Just to summarize, the things to consider with the GPIO to mux mapping are:
> 1. Having this table as static data in the driver is is not a nice
> solution as it seems that we'd currently need six mapping tables for
> omap2+ alone.
> 2. This table is not needed for most of the (hundreds of) pins, it's
> only needed for a few selected pins, let's say ten or so on an average
> device. So there's no need to stuff the kernel with information about
> the unused GPIO pins.
> It seems that the conclusion here is that we don't need to worry about
> GPIOs in the pinctrl-simple binding for now, and it can be added later
> without having to change the basic binding.

The one thing I wanted to resolve here wasn't so much the binding for
GPIO interaction here, but the following comment:

You wrote:
> I wrote:
>> From a binding perspective, I don't see why you'd want to allow two cases:
>> 1) One node with multiple entries in pinctrl-simple,cells
>> 2) Multiple nodes each with a single entry in pinctrl-simple,cells
>> Why not only allow (1)?
> Because we need to specify GPIO for some pins. There may be additional flags
> too, we do have external DMA request lines for few pins available.. I'm not
> saying pinctrl fwk should know about that, but it's a similar mapping of pins
> to GPIO lines.

I'm asserting that since any GPIO mapping information would be at the
top-level of the pinctrl-simple binding, we can in fact only allow
option (1) above for the individual pin configuration nodes.
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