Re: [PATCH] devicetree - document using aliases to set spi bus number.

From: Mark Brown
Date: Wed May 25 2016 - 08:51:05 EST

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 01:19:24PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 08:57:06PM +0200, Christer Weinigel wrote:

> > It's bloody convenient. I'm working with a Zync board right now where
> > we have multiple SPI ports. Being able to label the ports on the
> > board spi1, spi2 and spi3 and having spidev devices show up as
> > /dev/spidev1.0 instead of dynamic assignment makes things much easier.

> Do these numbers match anything, or have you assigned them artificially?

> i.e. are the labels for those well defined for the board? Are they in a
> manul, or printed on the board itself?

> If these are well-defined and the ports are accessible to, and under the
> control of, the end-user, then this would be largely similar to what we
> do for serial ports and other user-accessible physical connectors.

It's not a physical connector on the board that this is covering, it's
for the SPI bus which isn't a meaningful thing since there's no overall
connection standard and to do anything useful you'd need to handle the
chip selects which numbering the buses does nothing to help with.
Anything that's actually exposed at the SPI level would be a particular
device or set of devices on one or more buses, if the goal is to label
bare pins on boards then we're looking at the individual device level
rather than the bus level.

Really such a connector is the equivalent of a BeagleBone cape connector
or whatever.

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