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

From: Mark Brown
Date: Thu May 26 2016 - 06:10:20 EST

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 03:56:11AM +0200, Christer Weinigel wrote:
> On 05/26/2016 03:44 AM, Rob Herring wrote:
> > Lovely. "Here's something that's simple and useful for users. Let's
> > break it". What part of "we do not break userspace" do you not
> > understand? Because that would be a user visible change.

You'll notice I've not actually posted this patch...

> > The other saying is "if it is not upstream, it doesn't exist." That
> > said, I don't think we should remove it. Maybe some time later, but
> > first we need a suitable alternative.

My inclination is to leave it unless we think of and implement something
better to do (like using labels), except possibly for paying attention
to string based aliases too. Or perhaps we want to just treat all
aliases as strings.

> Huh? Commit bb29785e0d6d, which added support for assigning spi bus numbers
> via devicetree aliases, has been in the upstream Linux kernel since v3.9
> which was released over three years ago.

I think Rob's referring to the fact that there are no in tree DTs that
use this feature - all the aliases for SPI controllers in mainline are
string based.

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