Re: [PATCH 1/2] regulator: ltc3589: make IRQ optional

From: Lothar WaÃmann
Date: Mon Jan 25 2016 - 07:38:20 EST


On Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:26:10 +0000 Mark Brown wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 06:41:45AM +0100, Lothar WaÃmann wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 12:33:11PM +0100, Lothar WaÃmann wrote:
> > > Your commit message (quoted above) claims that without this patch if no
> > > interrupt is supplied then the unsupplied interrupt will somehow be left
> > > screaming and make the system unusable. This doesn't make sense, if
> > > there is no interrupt there is nothing to scream.
> > "Otherwise" meant the case where the IRQ is specified in DT as is
> > currently required to get the driver loaded at all.
> > > So, contrary to what you've been saying, the interrupt is actually
> > > connected (and worse, connected to a NMI) but apparently not described
> > > in DT. Why is it sensible to make the driver poll (which will affect
> > > all systems using this device, even those that don't care) and not just
> > > describe the interrupt in DT so it can be handled promptly in the normal
> > > fashion? Presumably this will run into serious problems if the
> > > interrupt actually fires at runtime since the NMI will scream, it's not
> > > clear to me how the poll will manage to run successfully in that case.
> > Currently the driver won't even load without an IRQ specified in DT.
> > My patch makes it possible to use the driver without requiring an IRQ!
> You're not just making the interrupt optional, you are also implementing
> polling support. That's really unusual and there's no clear reason for
> it, your changelog seems to claim that it is needed to make the system
> work but that seems at best very surprising and would need a more
> detailed changelog.
> You at least need to provide an understandable changelog, though it
> seems it is more likely that there is a more sensible way of dealing
> with this.
Any suggestions how to handle this case in a more sensible way?

Lothar WaÃmann