Re: [PATCH/RFC 2/2] gpio: of: Add DT overlay support for GPIO hogs

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Tue Jan 07 2020 - 03:11:20 EST

Hi Frank,

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 8:10 AM Frank Rowand <frowand.list@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 1/6/20 5:34 PM, Frank Rowand wrote:
> > On 12/30/19 7:38 AM, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> >> As GPIO hogs are configured at GPIO controller initialization time,
> >> adding/removing GPIO hogs in DT overlays does not work.
> >>
> >> Add support for GPIO hogs described in DT overlays by registering an OF
> >> reconfiguration notifier, to handle the addition and removal of GPIO hog
> >> subnodes to/from a GPIO controller device node.
> >>
> >> Note that when a GPIO hog device node is being removed, its "gpios"
> >> properties is no longer available, so we have to keep track of which
> >> node a hog belongs to, which is done by adding a pointer to the hog's
> >> device node to struct gpio_desc.
> >
> > If I have read the patches and the existing overlay source correctly,
> > then some observations:
> >
> > - A gpio hog node added in an overlay will be properly processed.
> >
> > - A gpio hog node already existing in the live devicetree, but with a
> > non-active status will be properly processed if the status of the
> > gpio hog node is changed to "ok" in the overlay.
> >
> > - If a gpio hog node already exists in the live devicetree with an
> > active status, then any updated or added properties in that gpio
> > hog node in the overlay will have no effect.
> >
> > There is a scenario where the updated property would have an effect:
> > apply a second overlay that sets the status to inactive, then apply
> > a third overlay that sets the status back to active. This is a
> > rather contrived example and I think it should be documented as
> > not supported and the result undefined.
> I went back and double checked the related code. For gpio hog nodes
> that are in a non-overlay, the status property is checked because
> of_gpiochip_scan_gpios() uses for_each_available_child_of_node()
> to search for gpio hog nodes, and for_each_available_child_of_node()
> checks the status property. But in the case of a gpio hog node
> added by an overlay, of_gpio_notify() does not check the status
> property in the gpio hog node. The check for the status property
> should be added to of_gpio_notify().

Right. of_device_is_available() should be called to check this.
Note that of_i2c_notify() and of_spi_notify() also lack such a check.
of_platform_notify() calls of_platform_device_create_pdata(), which does
have the check.



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