Re: [PATCH] pwm-backlight: add regulator and GPIO support

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Thu Jul 05 2012 - 12:03:59 EST

On 07/05/2012 02:12 AM, Alex Courbot wrote:
> On 07/05/2012 04:57 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
>> I agree. Non-DT platforms have always used the callbacks to execute this
>> kind of code. As you've said before there are situations where it isn't
>> just about setting a GPIO or enabling a regulator but it also requires a
>> specific timing. Representing this in the platform data would become
>> tedious.
> That will settle the whole issue then.
>> So I think for the DT case you can parse the power-on and power-off
>> sequences directly and execute code based on it, while in non-DT cases
>> the init and exit callbacks should be used instead. I think it even
>> makes sense to reuse the platform data's init and exit functions in the
>> DT case and implement the parser/interpreter within those.
> It totally makes sense indeed.

I don't agree here. It'd be best if non-DT and DT cases worked as
similarly as possible. Relying on callbacks in one case and
data-parsed-from-DT in the other isn't consistent with that. After all,
in the DT case, you parse some data out of the DT and into some data
structure. In the non-DT case, you can have that data structure passed
in directly using platform data. Now, there's certainly a need to
continue to support callbacks for backwards compatibility, at the very
least temporarily before all clients are converted to the new model, but
requiring different models rather than simply allowing it seems like a
bad idea to me.

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