Re: [PATCH] gpiolib: Avoid side effects in gpio_is_visible()

From: Linus Walleij
Date: Mon May 29 2023 - 05:19:18 EST

On Wed, May 17, 2023 at 11:30 PM Chris Packham
<Chris.Packham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > Why does the MCU have no in-kernel driver?
> There isn't any PoE PSE infrastructure in the kernel. I'm not really
> sure what it'd look like either as the hardware designs are all highly
> customized and often have very specialized requirements. Even the vendor
> reference boards tend to use the i2c userspace interface and punt
> everything to a specialist application.
> Of course if anyone is thinking about adding PoE PSE support in-kernel
> I'd be very keen to be involved.
> > I'm a bit lost. What your app is doing and how that is related to the
> > (userspace) drivers?
> Probably one of the primary things it's doing is bringing the chip out
> of reset by driving the GPIO (we don't want the PoE PSE supplying power
> if nothing is monitoring the temperature of the system). There's also
> some corner cases involving not resetting the PoE chipset on a hot restart.

This sounds like solid 100% kernelspace territory, and while I do see
that it can be a bit intimidating to extend the existing frameworks, there
are some really helpful people in the netdev community.

For example Andrew Lunn and Sebastian Reichel working on netdev and
the power supply subsystems can most certainly figure out where this
thing goes and what is already available.

There is: drivers/pwm/pwm-raspberrypi-poe.c
referring to this hardware:
which is a bit odd: I think this PWM controls the fan on the PoE
board only, so it is probably not a good example.

Linus Walleij