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SubjectRe: [patch 0/7] staging: speakup: introduce tty-based comms
On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Samuel Thibault
<> wrote:
> Samuel Thibault, on mar. 14 mars 2017 01:47:01 +0100, wrote:
>> Greg KH, on mar. 14 mars 2017 06:14:04 +0800, wrote:
>> > On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 10:05:51PM +0000, wrote:
>> > > This patchset introduces a TTY-based way for the synths to communicate
>> > > with devices as an alternate for direct serial comms used by the synths
>> > > at the moment. It then migrates some of the synths to the TTY-based
>> > > comms. Synths migrated in this patchset are dummy, acntsa, bns and
>> > > txprt.
>> >
>> > What about using the serbus code that is now in the tree? That should
>> > make this a lot easier than your patchset from what I can see.
>> Mmm... AIUI from reading tty_port_register_device_attr, one
>> would have to have registered a speakup serdev device driver
>> *before* tty_port_register_device_attr gets called, so that
>> serdev_tty_port_register matches the driver in the loop of
>> of_serdev_register_devices, and no TTY cdev is created?

Not exactly. The driver doesn't have to be registered nor loaded, but
the device does have to be present so no tty cdev is created. The only
way a device is present currently is when a node is in the DT. I
expect the x86 folks will be adding ACPI support soon.

>> That would mean that speakup can not be loaded as a module after ttyS0
>> initialization, that won't fly for our use needs. The line discipline
>> mechanism allows us to attach ourself to an existing tty. Could we
>> imagine a tty_port function which removes the cdev and tries to register
>> the tty port again to serdev?
>> What we basically need to be able to say on speakup module load is
>> e.g. "I'm now attaching a device to ttyS0, use this serdev_device_ops to
>> discuss with it".
> That for_each_available_child_of_node loop is really way more complex
> than what we need. And what's more, it's not working without CONFIG_OF
> (!)
> It would really make sense to me to have a
> serdev_device *tty_port_register_serdev_device(tty, device)
> which unregisters the character device of the tty, and creates instead a
> controler with the given device plugged to it. Really much like a line
> discipline, but way simpler :)

What would trigger calling this function? I could imagine people
wanting to do DT overlays to add a device which could trigger it. Or
did you have some other mechanism in mind.

> The issue that remains is the "tty" part: we'd need there the tty_port,
> the parent device, the tty driver, the idx. All we know when we load
> speakup is "ttyS0". That's where going through the cdev to attach a line
> discipline was simpler :)
> Samuel

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