Re: [PATCH v6] mfd: syscon: Decouple syscon interface from platform devices

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 - 05:46:38 EST

On Monday 29 September 2014 14:17:38 Pankaj Dubey wrote:
> Currently a syscon entity can be only registered directly through a
> platform device that binds to a dedicated syscon driver. However in
> certain use cases it is desirable to make a device used with another
> driver a syscon interface provider.
> For example, certain SoCs (e.g. Exynos) contain system controller
> blocks which perform various functions such as power domain control,
> CPU power management, low power mode control, but in addition contain
> certain IP integration glue, such as various signal masks,
> coprocessor power control, etc. In such case, there is a need to have
> a dedicated driver for such system controller but also share registers
> with other drivers. The latter is where the syscon interface is helpful.
> In case of DT based platforms, this patch decouples syscon object from
> syscon platform driver, and allows to create syscon objects first time
> when it is required by calling of syscon_regmap_lookup_by APIs and keep
> a list of such syscon objects along with syscon provider device_nodes
> and regmap handles.
> For non-DT based platforms, this patch keeps syscon platform driver
> structure where is can be probed and such non-DT based drivers can use
> syscon_regmap_lookup_by_pdev API and get access to regmap handles.
> Once all users of "syscon_regmap_lookup_by_pdev" migrated to DT based,
> we can completely remove platform driver of syscon, and keep only helper
> functions to get regmap handles.
> Suggested-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
> Suggested-by: Tomasz Figa <tomasz.figa@xxxxxxxxx>
> Tested-by: Vivek Gautam <gautam.vivek@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Tested-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <javier.martinez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Pankaj Dubey <pankaj.dubey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Patch v5 and related discussions can be found here [1].
> Change since v5:
> - Dropping creation of dummy platform device in of_syscon_register.
> - As we are changing syscon to decouple from platform_device, creation of
> dummy platform_device does not look good option, and as suggested by Arnd,
> I made another attempt so that regmap_mmio_init API should work with NULL
> dev pointer itself. Since regmap needs to know about Syscon device node
> properties so let's parse device node of syscon in syscon itself for any
> such properties and using regmap_config parameter pass all such information
> to regmap. Other concern of crashes due to NULL dev pointer in regmap already
> addressed in separate patches of regmap. Please see [2] and [3].

Reviewed-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>

Looks good to me, thanks a lot!

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