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SubjectRe: [PATCH v18 0/4] Introduce usb charger framework to deal with the usb gadget power negotation
On 25 November 2016 at 21:00, Mark Brown <> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 09:40:07AM +1100, NeilBrown wrote:
>> I agree that the question of where the responsibility for information
>> aggregation lies is open for discussion. If fact all details on how
>> things should work are always open for discussion.
>> I don't agree that this is the main different between our positions,
>> though I can see how you might get that impression.
>> You could even fix them so they look *exactly* like the notifiers that
>> Baolin is proposing. This is my key point. It is not the end result
>> that I particularly object to (though I do object to some details). It
> Ah, OK. This really hadn't been at all clear - both Baolin and I had
> the impression that the it was both that were blockers for you. What
> were the details here?
>> is the process of getting to the end result that I don't like. If the
>> current system doesn't work and something different is needed, then the
>> correct thing to do is to transform the existing system into something
>> new that works better. This should be a clear series of steps. Each
> Sometimes there's something to be said for working out what we want
> things to look like before setting out to make these gradual
> refactorings and sometimes the refactorings are just more pain than
> they're worth, especially when they go across subsystems. In this case
> I do worry about the cross subsystem aspect causing hassle, it may be
> more practical to do anything that represents an interface change by
> adding the new interface, converting the users to it and then removing
> the old interface.
> At the very least the series should grow to incorporate conversion of
> the existing users though. Baolin, I think this does need adding to the
> series but probably best to think about how to do it - some of Neil's
> suggestions for incremental steps do seem like they should be useful
> for organizing things here, probably we can get some things that can be
> done internally within individual drivers merged while everything else
> is under discussion.

OK. I will think about how to incorporate conversion of the existing
users according to Neil's suggestion.

>> But I think here my key point got lost too, in part because it was hard
>> to refer to an actual instance.
>> My point was that in the present patch set, the "usb charger" is given
>> a name which is dependant on discovery order, and only supports
>> lookup-by-name. This cannot work.
> There's two bits here: one is the way names are assigned and the other
> is the lookup by name. I agree that the lookup by name isn't
> particularly useful as things stand, that could just be dropped until
> some naming mechanism is added. We'd be more likely to use phandles in
> DT systems, I don't know what ACPI systems would look like but I guess
> it'd be something similar.
>> If they supported lookup by phy-name or lookup-by-active (i.e. "find me
>> any usb-charger which has power available"), or look up by some other
>> attribute, then discover-order naming could work. But the only
>> lookup-mechanism is by-name, and the names aren't reliably stable. So
>> the name/lookup system proposed cannot possibly do anything useful
>> with more than one usb_charger.
> Baolin, I think adding a DT binding and lookup mechanism makes sense
> here - do you agree?

Yes, I agree. But 'usb charger' is one virtual device and we described
nothing in DT about 'usb charger'. But as you and Neil said, we need
one usful method to look up the USB charger. I will think about that.

Best Regards

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