Re: [PATCH 6/6] hwmon: pwm-fan: Update the duty cycle inorder to control the pwm-fan

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Fri Apr 10 2015 - 13:58:42 EST

On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 01:25:52PM -0400, Ben Gamari wrote:
> Thierry Reding <thierry.reding@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 03:30:01PM +0200, Sjoerd Simons wrote:
> >>
> >> Yes/no/maybe :). Imho this is something to clarify in the pwm API
> >> documentation. As currently all it says is:
> >> "pwm_disable - stop a PWM output toggling",
> >>
> >> Which is what the exynos driver does.
> >>
> >> Thierry, could you clearify what the intention is here? I'm happy to
> >> prepare a pwm driver patch if needed to solve this?
> >
> > I think the safest thing to do is for users to do both. You call
> > pwm_config() with a zero duty cycle to make it clear what the status is
> > that you want. Then you call pwm_disable() to state that you don't need
> > the output signal anymore, so that any clocks needed by the PWM can be
> > stopped. Doing so gives the driver the most information and should make
> > the user more resilient against any possible quirks in drivers.
> >
> It would be great if the documentation were more clear on this matter
> regardless. This is something I can imagine having to spend substantial
> amounts of time Googling whereas a simple note in the documentation would
> have removed all ambiguity.
Especially since, in this case, the output signal _is_ still needed.
It appears that pwm_disable() is only expected to stop the clock, not
the signal itself.

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