Re: [PATCH v3 1/1] add support for Seagate BlackArmor NAS220

From: Sebastian Hesselbarth
Date: Thu Dec 25 2014 - 10:20:02 EST

On 25.12.2014 15:12, Andrew Lunn wrote:
Hi Sebastian

I'm not sure what you mean here. The binding Documentation says:

I was hoping that using phys/phy-names would allow us to get rid of
nr-ports property. I haven't checked the corresponding code and likely
will not before next year, but we should try to get rid of the nr-ports
property completely.

Required Properties:
- compatibility : "marvell,orion-sata" or "marvell,armada-370-sata"
- reg : Address range of controller
- interrupts : Interrupt controller is using
- nr-ports : Number of SATA ports in use.

Optional Properties:
- phys : List of phandles to sata phys
- phy-names : Should be "0", "1", etc, one number per phandle

The optional phys/phy-names have just been added to

Yeah, saw that patch after the review.. and my understanding of the
phys/phy-names properties is that
(a) they allow to count the number of _available_ ports
(b) they allow to determine the number of _used_ ports
(c) they allow to e.g. disable port 0 but enable port 1

while nr-ports only allows (a). You can derive (b) only if you use
the first out of two but you cannot do (c) with nr-ports.

Which is why we introduced the phys/phy-names properties.

We introduced them for turning the phys on and off.

Actually, the main reason was to turn the unused phys off. IIRC,
just reducing nr-ports from 2 to 1 allowed the SATA driver to skip
the second port, but left the PHY up and running. It also doesn't
allow to disable the first port and keep the second up.

Using phys/phy-names now allows a more detailed description by having
three devices (SATA + 2 PHY nodes), e.g. SATA controller with 2
potential ports, port 0 unconnected, port 1 connected. PHY0 will be
auto-disabled after device probe, PHY1 will be enabled by SATA driver.

IIRC, this is the setup used by Guruplug, where port1 is connected to
eSATA while port0 is unconnected.

We don't do any derivation from this information. It is the same for
all devices, since it is in the kirkwood-*.dtsi file, not per board.

Also, orion5x does not allow such control of the phys, they are always
on. So i don't know if we can derive anything from this information,
since it is not always present.

Ok, you made me look it up in the code ;)

AFAIKS, nr-ports is only used for preallocating SATA host, clks, and
phys structs. The code logic implies that #phys/clk has to match
nr-ports property anyway. Unfortunately, n_ports variable and
hpriv->n_ports is mangled irritatingly often in current sata_mv.c.

What I was proposing (hoping we already do) is: remove the redundant
information passed by nr-ports were we can, e.g. count the number of
clocks/phys passed instead of reading nr-ports property.

I do understand that Orion5x neither has clocks nor phys on SATA so
we may either stick with nr-ports there or add fake (&tclk) clocks

Anyway, for this patch, I agree it could stay the way it is.


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