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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/18] staging: typec: fusb302: Add support for fcs,vbus-regulator-name device-property
Hi Mark,

On 07-08-17 13:10, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 06, 2017 at 05:44:36PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> On 06-08-17 16:30, Guenter Roeck wrote:
>>> On 08/06/2017 05:35 AM, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>> On ACPI platforms, there are no phandles and we need to get the vbus by a
>>>> system wide unique name. Add support for a new "fcs,vbus-regulator-name"
>>>> device-property which ACPI platform code can set to pass the name.
>>> Another property to be documented and approved.
>> Again this is for kernel internal use on non-dt platforms only, so documenting
>> it in the devicetree bindings is not necessary.
> However it *is* for use on ACPI platforms and is impacting power
> management (which is something ACPI definitely models) so should be
> being documented in an ASWG spec. We don't want Linux systems to start
> breaking the ACPI power management model with uncontrolled extensions,
> it's fine to add new bindings for things where there's just no ACPI
> specification at all but power management isn't one of those areas.

This regulator is used to enable/disable driving vbus on the Type-C connector
from a 5V boost converter or not depending on the power direction (sink
or source) negotiated by the Type-C port-controller. As such this is never
under firmware/ACPI control it always gets controlled by the Type-C
port-manager, so there is no need for ACPI to control it. The problem is
that the Type-C setup on these boards consist of a bunch of ICs chained
together / driving different pins of the Type-C connector. So we need to
somehow tell the bq24292i charger-IC to turn on/off its 5V boost converter
from the Type-C port-controller driver. This discussion (and this patch)
is about getting a handle to the regulator-device for the 5V boost converter
from the Type-C port-controller driver.

For added fun the bq24292i charger-IC is not described in ACPI at all,
but we know that the Whiskey Cove PMIC used is always paired with it.

The fusb302 Type-c port-controller itself is enumerated to the weird
INT33FE ACPI device node (which describes 3 different i2c ICs, including
the fusb302)

>> TL;DR: It seems that on x86, at least for existing devices where we cannot
>> control the ACPI tables that getting things by name is the thing to do.
> The idiomatic thing to do on an ACPI system at present appears to be to
> have a big DMI quirk table somewhere that instantiates the regulators
> and mappings required for them based on the machine's DMI data. Or if
> it's a self contained PCI device or something with both regulator and
> consumer do it as part of the subfunction instantiation there.

Thanks for your input. I've taken a look at the possibility to specify
a mapping via regualtor_init_data, rather then falling back to finding the
regulator by name. I've found 2 problems with this:

Problem 1)

The regulator in question is part of the bq24292i charger-IC attached to
a private i2c bus between the PMIC and the charger. The driver for the i2c
controller inside the PMIC which drivers this bus currently also instantiates
the i2c-client for the charger:


static const char * const bq24190_suppliers[] = { "fusb302-typec-source" };

static const struct property_entry bq24190_props[] = {
PROPERTY_ENTRY_STRING_ARRAY("supplied-from", bq24190_suppliers),
{ }

static int cht_wc_i2c_adap_i2c_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
struct i2c_board_info board_info = {
.type = "bq24190",
.addr = 0x6b,
.properties = bq24190_props,
adap->client_irq = irq_create_mapping(adap->irq_domain, 0);
ret = i2c_add_adapter(&adap->adapter);

board_info.irq = adap->client_irq;
adap->client = i2c_new_device(&adap->adapter, &board_info);

Note that the bq24190 driver is a generic driver, so to pass the
board specific regulator_init_data to it I would need to somehow
pass it here, but I don't see how, except by storing a pointer to
it in an u64 device-property which seems like a bad idea

Problem 2)

Even if I could add the mapping through regulator_init_data
then it may well be too late, if the regulator_get happens
before the bq24190 driver registers its regulator (and thus
the mapping) the regulator_get for it may have already
happened and returned a dummy-regulator, or another regulator
with the rather generic vbus name.

TL;DR: It is a mess and I cannot come up with anything better then
just using a globally-unique name, suggestions for a better
solution are welcome.



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