Re: [PATCH v2 1/7] iio: adc: max1027: Add debugfs register read support

From: Jonathan Cameron
Date: Sat Oct 12 2019 - 09:56:29 EST

On Mon, 7 Oct 2019 12:00:01 +0200
Miquel Raynal <miquel.raynal@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
> Jonathan Cameron <jic23@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote on Sun, 6 Oct 2019 11:04:24
> +0100:
> > On Thu, 3 Oct 2019 19:33:55 +0200
> > Miquel Raynal <miquel.raynal@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > > Until now, only write operations were supported. Force two bytes read
> > > operation when reading from this register (might be wrong when reading
> > > the temperature, but will work with any other value).
> >
> > That's worrying as comments go. Just return an error on the temperature
> > register if it's going to do the wrong thing.
> Actually the debugfs_reg_access hook is supposedly stateless. When
> reading registers I don't know what I am reading because the "source" is
> selected during the write operation, so I have no reliable way to know
> what I am reading.
> I set the read length to 2 bytes because most of the "atomic"reads are
> two bytes and it allows us to test various commands directly from
> userspace and read meaningful values. This is a limitation as:
> * Voltage 'atomic' reads are 2 bytes
> * Temperature 'atomic' reads are 2 bytes but never come alone (usually
> one voltage input of 2B will follow).
> * Any other 'condensed' input will be more than 2 bytes, ie. several
> voltage values in one go.
> In any case, doing a software reset of the chip will turn it back
> into a working state no matter what was requested/read.
> For me, 2-byte reads is a "good enough" solution that will work with
> almost all the simplest ('atomic') SPI operations, but if you think
> limiting to 2-bytes access is a problem (right now there is only write
> access, which is kind of useless on its own) then let's drop the patch.
> But I wanted to contribute it because it really helped me during the
> development.

This is fine as is. Comment was worrying so could perhaps have given
more detail. Still it's a debug interface, people get to look at the
datasheet if they are using this :)


> Thanks,
> MiquÃl