Re: [Patch v2 1/2] gpio: add GPIO hogging mechanism

From: Maxime Ripard
Date: Tue Dec 02 2014 - 11:15:13 EST

On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 03:29:46PM +0100, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Alexandre Courbot <gnurou@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 1:36 AM, Maxime Ripard
> > <maxime.ripard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> The only thing I'd like to have would be that the request here would
> >> be non-exclusive, so that a later driver would still be allowed later
> >> on to request that GPIO later on and manage it itself (ideally using
> >> the usual gpiod_request function).
> >
> > Actually we have a plan (and I have some code too) to allow multiple
> > consumers per GPIO. Although like Benoit I wonder why you would want
> > to hog a GPIO and then request it properly later. Also, that probably
> > means we should abandon the hog since it actively drives the line and
> > would interfere with the late requested. How to do that correctly is
> > not really clear to me.
> I don't get the usecase. A hogged GPIO is per definition hogged.
> This sounds more like "initial settings" or something, which is another
> usecase altogether.

We do have one board where we have a pin (let's say GPIO14 of the bank
A) that enables a regulator that will provide VCC the bank B.

Now, both banks are handled by the same driver, but in order to have a
working output on the bank B, we do need to set GPIO14 as soon as
we're probed.

Just relying on the usual deferred probing introduces a circular
dependency between the gpio-regulator that needs to grab its GPIO from
a driver not there yet, and the gpio driver that needs to enable its

GPIO hogging needs to be the ideal solution for that, since we can
just enforce the GPIO14 value as the driver is probed, which provides
the guarantee that any driver using the bank B will actually drive the
GPIO it might use.

However, an exclusive request will prevent any representation of this
as a regulator, which sounds a bit weird, since it really is just


Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering

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