Re: [PATCH 1/5] mtd: ofpart: grab device tree node directly from master device node

From: Boris Brezillon
Date: Wed Oct 28 2015 - 04:02:35 EST

Hi Brian,

On Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:01:02 -0700
Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 10:54:46AM -0700, Brian Norris wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 08:42:00AM +0100, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > > On Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:31:06 -0700
> > > I like the idea, but how about pushing the solution even further and
> > > killing the ->flash_node field which AFAICT is rendered useless by
> > > your patch?
> >
> > I suppose we could do that. I do think there's something to be said for
> > layering, though. Historically, we haven't done a very good job of
> > layering in MTD, so low-level drivers often have to poke around in the
> > MTD structures, even if they really should only have to know a few
> > things about their helper subsystem/library, like NAND or SPI NOR. So
> > with that in mind, I think the ->flash_node serves some purpose --
> > drivers can just initialize struct nand_chip/spi_nor and be assured that
> > the NAND/SPI-NOR subsystems will take care of things.
> >
> > Now, I don't think there's much reason to suspect that we'd have a more
> > complex mapping than 1:1 between struct mtd_info and struct nand_chip or
> > struct spi_nor, so maybe we don't actually need duplicate storage
> > ( and {spi_nor,nand_chip}.flash_node), and the layering
> > is just have these APIs:
> >
> > nand_set_flash_node()
> > spi_nor_set_flash_node()
> >
> > which just call mtd_set_of_node()?
> I looked at this quickly for NAND, and it's hard to do right now because
> of the below quote. The SPI NOR layering is better though, so that
> works. Mind if I defer the dropping the flash_node in NAND but do the
> SPI NOR one?

No, I don't mind (we'll solve that later).

> > Speaking of layering: why do we have NAND drivers initializing mtd->priv
> > for us, yet nand_base just assumes that it points to a struct nand_chip?
> > And why isn't struct mtd_info just embedded in struct nand_chip? Are
> > there ever cases we want more than one (master) MTD per nand_chip? Or
> > vice versa?
> The layering (or lack thereof) make it hard to extract a struct mtd_info
> from a struct nand_chip.

That's true, and that's why we'd better rework a few things (embed
or point to an allocated mtd struct in nand_chip) before trying to
automatically assign mtd->priv to a nand_chip pointer.

Best Regards,


Boris Brezillon, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
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