Re: [Gta04-owner] [PATCH 0/4] UART slave device support - version 4

From: Andreas Kemnade
Date: Sat Jan 23 2016 - 02:41:18 EST

On Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:12:29 +0000
One Thousand Gnomes <gnomes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > I would have expected that the main (and IMO sufficient) reason why
> > the kernel should do it is because the particular bus used to connect
> > a BT chip to the CPU is a hw detail that a kernel that does its job
> > should keep to itself. Same as userspace not needing to care if a BT
> > chip is behind SDIO or USB, why does it have to tell the kernel behind
> > which UART a BT chip is sitting?
> Lots of reasons, some historic some not
> 1. Different BT chips have different interfaces, especially when it gets
> to stuff like firmware reprogramming
> 2. In many cases we don't know at the kernel level where there are BT
> uarts. It's improving with recent ACPI but for many systems it's simply
> not available to the OS
Same is true for i2c devices. The solution there is that you have various
methods for providing the information to the kernel, some
are autoprobed, some are via board files and you can also tell via sysfs
that there is one device.

> 3. The power management for a lot of BT (especially on device tree) is
> not actually expressed, so you need a slightly customised daemon for each
> device - that one is ugly but the serial and bt layers can't fix it.
That boils down to a circular it is not there because it is not there.
If we express the power management, it can be done in kernel.

> 4. Because you don't want to just automatically load and turn on
> bluetooth just because it is there - it burns power
Exactly the same is true for wifi and for many other devices for
which drivers are automatically handled in kernel, too.
Well, do you have a list of devices which do not burn power?
I would be highly interested in those.


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