Re: [PATCH RESEND v2 1/4] pinctrl: Update Qualcomm pm8xxx GPIO parameters definitions

From: Stephen Boyd
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 - 20:23:30 EST

On 07/24/14 08:40, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:47 AM, Stephen Boyd <sboyd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Please add these constants to the table of valid power-source values and use
>>> something like I did to translate them to register values - it makes the DT
>>> much more readable.
>> The DT could be similarly readable if we had a bunch of #defines for the
>> different VIN settings that resolved to the final register value for
>> that pmic. Something like PM8921_GPIO1_14_VPH, PM8921_GPIO19_36_VPH,
>> etc. There would be a lot of them, but then the driver could be really
>> simple and just jam whatever value is in the DT into the register
>> without having to bounce through a mapping table in software to figure
>> out the register value. If we did this for the functions also then I
>> believe we achieve readability without requiring a bunch of drivers for
>> each and every single pmic?
> Not sure but it sounds like you want to make the device tree a jam table,
> (know about individual register offsets, sequences etc). That has been
> throrougly NACKed in the past, because DT is not Open Firmware.
> The exception is pinctrl-single which is restricted to single register
> per pin use cases and is still a point of contention...

I'm not proposing a jam table. I'm proposing that we make the
function/source property convenient to the driver by having the actual
function field value encoded there instead of some string that has to be
translated through a table in a driver. There's still going to be
shifting and masking of bits in the driver to put the value in the right
place in the register, but we avoid needing N number of drivers for each
pmic just to translate strings into integers (for functions) and
integers into other integers (for the power source). From what I can
tell there isn't any benefit to having the function property be a string
vs. a #define number besides having a human readable string in pinctrl
debugfs. Is there some other benefit?

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