RE: [PATCH v2 1/2] regulator: act8945a: add regulator driver for ACT8945A

From: Yang, Wenyou
Date: Wed Jan 20 2016 - 02:38:37 EST

Hi Peter,

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> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] regulator: act8945a: add regulator driver for
> ACT8945A
> >>>>> "Yang," == Yang, Wenyou <Wenyou.Yang@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> Hi,
> >>
> >>> Isn't the regulator part of the act8945a identical to act8865? Can't we just
> use >>> the existing act8865-regulator.c driver? (E.G. support 8865 variant in the
> mfd >>> driver, but only register the regulator sub device?) >> >> > Yes, the
> regulator part of the act8945a is identical to act8865.
> >>
> >> > But the act8865-regulator driver is a struct i2c_driver, and the mfd > sub-
> >> device driver is a platform_driver driver, it is not easy to use > it.
> >>
> >> But the mfd driver could support the act8865 variant as well (by only
> registering >> the regulator mfd cell).
> > I still don't understand.
> > The MFD sub device is registered as a platform device, the existing > act8865
> driver is registered as an i2c_driver. How do they match? :)
> > Could you point out which exiting driver for me to reference. Thank you!
> What I'm saying is that it isn't nice that we end up with both act8865-regulator.c
> and act8954-regulator.c doing 95% the same. This can either be fixed by:
> - Adding act8865 support to your mfd driver (but only registering the
> regulator subdev for act8865) and changing the existing
> act8865-regulator driver to work as a mfd subdev (platform device)
> - Extending the act8865-regulator driver to register as a platform
> driver in ADDITION to a i2c driver so it can be used with mfd. The
> driver already uses regmap so it should only be a matter of adding the
> pdev probe/remove functions.

After think twice, I think this will complicates the act8865-regulator driver.

Moreover, after following up the Mark's advice, a lot redundant code is removed from act8945a-regulater driver. It is very simple now.

So I think it is better to keep a separate act8945a-regulator driver.

Thank you for detailed description.

Best Regards,
Wenyou Yang