Re: [PATCH linux v1 0/4] Seven segment display support
From: Greg KH
Date: Wed Dec 14 2016 - 07:59:04 EST
On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 01:45:30PM +0100, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:55:00 -0800, Jaghathiswari Rankappagounder
> Natarajan wrote:
> > Documentation for the binding which provides an interface for adding clock,
> > data and clear signal GPIO lines to control seven segment display.
> > The platform device driver provides an API for displaying on two 7-segment
> > displays, and implements the required bit-banging. The hardware assumed is
> > 74HC164 wired to two 7-segment displays.
> > The character device driver implements the user-space API for letting a user
> > write to two 7-segment displays including any conversion methods necessary
> > to map the user input to two 7-segment displays.
> > Adding clock, data and clear signal GPIO lines in the devicetree to control
> > seven segment display on zaius platform.
> > The platform driver matches on the device tree node; the platform driver also
> > initializes the character device.
> > Tested that the seven segment display works properly by writing to the
> > character device file on a EVB AST2500 board which also has 74HC164 wired
> > to two 7-segment displays.
> FWIW, I proposed a driver for seven segment displays back in 2013:
> And the feedback from Greg KH was: we don't need a driver for that, do
> it from userspace. See:
> So: good luck :-)
Did anyone ever write a library for this type of thing?
Again, I don't want to see one-off drivers for random devices like this
that should be able to all be controlled from userspace in a common
manner. Much like we did for fingerprint readers a long long time