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

From: Pantelis Antoniou
Date: Thu Dec 04 2014 - 09:27:14 EST

Hi Alexandre,

I tried to stay away while things are being fleshed out butâ

> On Dec 4, 2014, at 16:15 , Alexandre Courbot <gnurou@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 1:12 AM, Maxime Ripard
> <maxime.ripard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 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-regulator.
> I don't get it. According to what you said, the following order should
> go through IIUC:
> 1) bank A is probed, gpio 14 is available
> 2) gpio-regulator is probed, acquires GPIO 14, regulator for Bank B is available
> 3) bank B is probed, grabs its regulator and turn it on, probes.
> What am I missing?
>> 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.
> At this point I start wondering if such initial setup should not be
> the job of the bootloader? GPIO hogging ought to be simple and
> definitive, adding the possibility to have it just as an initial value
> would considerably complexify it. E.g. when is the gpio chip driver
> supposed to release the hogged descriptor in such a case?

Do not count on the bootloader setting up anything. The trend is
for the bootloader to setup the minimal environment to load your kernel
and jump to it.

> Note that if the multiple GPIO consumer feature we are planning goes
> through, you should be able to use both hogging *and* a regulator on
> the same GPIO and achieve what you want. The expectation of multiple
> consumers is that the board designers know what they are doing, and
> this case would certainly fit (chip hogs the line and doesn't touch
> the value after that, letting the regulator control it without any
> conflict afterwards), although it would of course be better to solve
> the issue through regular probing...

Thatâs why I was advocating a simple probing driver for all this.
Figure out a way for this driver to be probed first would be an easier
solution that whatâs going on here.


â Pantelis

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