Re: [Intel-gfx] [PATCH 6/8] drivers/pwm: Add Crystalcove (CRC) PWM driver

From: Paul Bolle
Date: Thu Jun 18 2015 - 14:42:13 EST

Hi Shobhit,

On Thu, 2015-06-18 at 23:24 +0530, Shobhit Kumar wrote:
> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:42 AM, Paul Bolle <pebolle@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2015-04-29 at 19:30 +0530, Shobhit Kumar wrote:
> >> --- a/drivers/pwm/Kconfig
> >> +++ b/drivers/pwm/Kconfig
> >
> >> +config PWM_CRC
> >> + bool "Intel Crystalcove (CRC) PWM support"
> >> + depends on X86 && INTEL_SOC_PMIC
> >> + help
> >> + Generic PWM framework driver for Crystalcove (CRC) PMIC based PWM
> >> + control.
> >
> >> --- a/drivers/pwm/Makefile
> >> +++ b/drivers/pwm/Makefile
> >
> >> +obj-$(CONFIG_PWM_CRC) += pwm-crc.o
> >
> > PWM_CRC is a bool symbol. So pwm-crc.o can never be part of a module.
> I actually started this as a module but later decided to make it as
> bool because INTEL_SOC_PMIC on which this depends is itself a bool as
> well.

As does GPIO_CRYSTAL_COVE and that's a tristate. So?

> Still it is good to keep the module based initialization.
> Firstly because it causes no harm

If I got a dime for every time people used an argument like that I ... I
could treat myself to an ice cream. A really big ice cream. Hmm, that
doesn't sound too impressive. But still, "causes no harm" is below the
bar for kernel code. Kernel code needs to add value.

> and even though some of the macros
> are pre-processed out, gives info about the driver.

None of which can't be gotten elsewhere (ie, the commit message, or the
file these macro reside in).

> Secondly there
> were discussion on why INTEL_SOC_PMIC is bool (note this driver also
> has module based initialization even when bool).

Yes, there's copy and paste going on even in kernel development.

> I am guessing because
> of some tricky module load order dependencies. If ever that becomes a
> module, this can mostly be unchanged to be loaded as a module.

You put in a macro, or any other bit of code, when it's needed, not
beforehand, "just in case". That's silly.


Paul Bolle

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