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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] pinctrl: Allow a device to indicate when to force a state
On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 10:51:14AM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 09/26/2017 07:16 AM, Charles Keepax wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 09:57:22AM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> >> On 09/22/2017 06:20 AM, Charles Keepax wrote:
> >>> On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 01:55:22PM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> >>>> On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 3:04 AM, Florian Fainelli <> wrote:
> >>> I guess in our case we didn't really consider the restore aspect
> >>> because we essentially get that for free from regmap. Regmap
> >>> cache's all our register state and provides a mechanism to sync
> >>> that back to the hardware, so we simply invoke that on resume and
> >>> all our GPIO/pinctrl state is restored.
> >>
> >> As you may see, the problem in my case is that the hardware has only onw
> >> pinctrl state: "default", and it loses its hardware register contents,
> >> and because of early check in pinctrl_select_state(), we do nothing (the
> >> state has not changed per-se), so we are left with SW thinking we
> >> applied the "default" state again, while in fact we did not.
> >>
> >
> > That is exactly the situation we have on the CODECs when they go
> > into runtime suspend, power is removed, and everything is back at
> > defaults when we resume. Just in our case we re-apply the state
> > as part of the CODEC resume using a regmap sync.
> Do you just re-apply the previous state, or do you force a "fake" state
> by moving to a state different than the current during suspend, just to
> force a transition during resume?

Yes we just reapply the state, I guess the important thing here
is we arn't doing that through pinctrl we are just returning
the registers to the appropriate values (which regmap handily
provides) as part of resume.

It looks like there are other pinctrl drivers also doing this,
although often hardcoding it rather than using regmap. See either
pinctrl-exynos-arm.c or pinctrl-at91-pio4.c

> >
> >> The approach taken here was to move this to the core pinctrl code
> >> because this is not something a pinctrl consumer should be aware of,
> >> when it calls pinctrl_select_state(), it should do what it asked for.
> >>
> >
> > Apologies if I have missed something here, but does the consumer
> > not still to some extent need to be aware with this solution
> > since it needs to re-request the pin state in resume?
> Consumers may indeed have to call pinctrl_select_state() but because of
> the current check that does:
> if (p->state == state)
> this is not happening, but you are absolutely right, consumers that wish
> to see their pin state be (re)configured during driver resume absolutely
> need to tell the core about it, I am not thinking about any of this
> happening "under the hood", this absolutely would not be right.

See that's the bit that is concerning me, shouldn't the default
position be you get your pin state reconfigured during resume,
without having to do anything. Anything else seems to violate the
principle of least surprise.

It also feels to me the provider driver should be handling that,
rather than expecting the consumer to call pinctrl_select_state
again. So for example from the consumer I should be fine just to
call pinctrl_select_state in probe and have that state remain
until someone changes it.


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