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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] firmware: of: populate /firmware/ node during init
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On 11/08/17 16:54, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM, Rob Herring <robh@kernel.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:37 AM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> wrote:
>>>> Since "/firmware" does not have its own "compatible" property as it's
>>>> just collection of nodes representing firmware interface, it's sub-nodes
>>>> are not populated during system initialization.
>>>>
>>>> Currently different firmware drivers search the /firmware/ node and
>>>> populate the sub-node devices selectively. Instead we can populate
>>>> the /firmware/ node during init to avoid more drivers continuing to
>>>> populate the devices selectively.
>>>>
>>>> This patch adds initcall to achieve the same.
>>>
>>> Hmm, I'm a bit skeptical whether representing anything under /firmware
>>> as a platform device is a good idea. Having a more structured way to
>>> probe those seems like a good idea, but maybe a different subsystem
>>> would be more appropriate.
>>>
>>> I do realize that a 'platform_device' has become a rather generic abstraction
>>> for almost anything, but at some point we might want to draw the line
>>> of what is a platform_device.
>>
>> I guess the question how are they different? Most of what's under
>> drivers/firmware/ are platform drivers. I think they are mostly either
>> smc calls or mailbox interfaces. Would there be any advantage to
>> creating an smc bus or mailbox bus?
>
> I guess one difference I see is between things that are purely software
> based (smc, efi runtime, rtas, ...) and those that talk to some
> hardware other than the CPU running some firmware.
>
> The first category seems like a good fit for /firmware in DT and
> for /sys/firmware in sysfs, while the second category would be
> represented elsewhere in both DT and sysfs.
>

After some thoughts and looking around I see examples of lots of drivers
using platform device for firmware interface including rtc-efi.

So IIUC, anything exposed to userspace about sch firmware interface must
be in "/sys/firmware", but I don't see any issue with kernel handling
them as platform device/driver internally.

--
Regards,
Sudeep

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