Re: [PATCH 2/3] gpio: Add GPIO support for Broadcom STB SoCs

From: Linus Walleij
Date: Wed May 13 2015 - 04:52:26 EST

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 8:46 PM, Gregory Fong <gregory.0xf0@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 3:55 AM, Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> Usually we don't like it when you hardcode gpio_base, and this
>> field should anyway be present inside the bgpio_chip.gc.base
>> isn't it?
> This was needed to deal with having a single irq_chip shared across
> all of the gpio_chips in a GIO block. You mentioned that this might
> not be the Right Way to do this in your reply on the cover page so
> I'll try to explain the reasoning better there.
> FWIW: yes, this is inside the first bank's bgpio_chip, and it would be
> possible to extract that info. However, since it is used in
> - brcmstb_gpio_to_irq
> - brcmstb_gpio_hwirq_to_offset
> - brcmstb_gpio_irq_bank_handler
> - brcmstb_gpio_of_xlate
> It seemed like it would be easier to follow if this were just stored
> this in the priv struct, even if it is duplication of information.

OK I see. Even if you go for the approach I suggest in the cover
letter it is indeed necessary to keep track of the base I
can see, since we span multiple gpio_chips So it's fine with a
local variable for this.

>>> + gc->base = gpio_base;
>> I strongly suggest that you try using -1 as base here instead
>> for dynamic assignment of GPIO numbers.
> That is what I did originally. However, this results in a very
> unpleasant numbering scheme, at least as currently implemented.
> When -1 is base, as you know, numbering goes descending from 255
> (IIRC). Right now I'm using the of_property_for_each_u32 loop over
> bank widths to go through the banks. To keep the example
> straightforward, let's pretend our GIO block only has two banks.
> Here's how they're arranged:
> bank 0: starts at 0xf040a700, contains GPIOs 0-31
> bank 1: starts at 0xf040a720, contains GPIOs 32-63
> Right now, with -1 as base, calling gpiochip_add() inside of that loop
> will results in them getting this numbering:
> bank 0: linux GPIOs 224-255
> bank 1: linux GPIOs 192-223

Yeah I kind of think it's a feature because we don't want people
to rely on the static GPIO numbering ;)

Buy OK yeah I see the point. Let's keep the base static for

> Looking at this now, I think I could just add another loop afterward
> to do the gpiochip_add()'s in reverse order, resulting in the
> numbering ascending with banks as expected. Does this seem sensible?

No, that relies on the internal semantic structure of the
gpiolib. It's better to use .base as a hint then.

>> And this mask also mask the unused pins as GIO_MASK()
>> does not respect bank_width.
> I'll be getting rid of imask anyway as you suggested.


Linus Walleij
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