Re: Re[14]: [PATCH v3] mfd: syscon: Add non-DT support

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Wed Feb 20 2013 - 16:27:22 EST

On Wednesday 20 February 2013, Alexander Shiyan wrote:
> > On Wednesday 20 February 2013, Alexander Shiyan wrote:
> > > No. Target have a three SYSCON registers and two SYSFLG. All these registers
> > > can be combined into three syscon devices.
> > > Only these registers will be handled via syscon device, so it is not only one.
> > > Or you mean about handle all register via syscon? It is not it.
> >
> > Yes, I was expecting that you would list all three pages in the resource
> > for the syscon device, basically making all of the core clps711x
> > registers available this way.
> All other will be passed as resource to drivers, as for other drivers.
> And this change replaces clps_read/write.

Ok, I see.

> > > > treat the absence of DT information as an error, and a call to
> > > > syscon_regmap_lookup_by_compatible or syscon_regmap_lookup_by_phandle
> > > > will always return the syscon device that was registered first, or
> > > > -EPROBE_DEFER for any error.
> > >
> > > The initial idea is search desired syscon device from drivers only by one function
> > > (i.e. search syscon device by compatible string or by specific alias) and no depend
> > > on DT or non-DT. I.e. define syscon device always at machine start (even if we run
> > > machine from DTS), because device should be always present in system.
> >
> > I don't understand yet what the advantage for clps711x is over just a single
> > register area that would get registered at boot time and replace all the
> > clps_readl/clps_writel calls.
> This cause a serious perfomance impact. Only SYSCON and SYSFLG is used
> in several places and should be protected by spinlocks. Other registers
> can be used without locks. And, as say before, clps_read/write will be replaced with
> read/write when registers will passed as resource. First example of this change I
> sent to you before (patchset for serial driver).

Yes, that makes sense. I have no fundamental objections then. I'll wait
for the next version of your patch and then comment on any details I still
find sticking out.

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