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SubjectRe: [resend PATCH 1/3] pwm: mediatek: drop flag 'has_clks'
On Wed, 2018-11-14 at 14:27 +0100, John Crispin wrote:
> On 14/11/2018 13:47, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 10:08:22AM +0800, Ryder Lee wrote:
> >> The flag 'has_clks' and related checks are superfluous as the CCF
> >> subsystem does this for you.
> > Both of these mechanisms aren't equivalent. While CCF can deal with
> > optional clocks, what the has_clks flag actually means is that the
> > device doesn't need a clock (or doesn't have a clock input) on the
> > devices where it is cleared.
> >
> > So I'd actually be in favor of keeping the has_clks property because it
> > serves as an additional sanity check. For example if you run this driver
> > on an SoC that "has clocks" but if you don't list them in DT, then after
> > this patch the driver will happily continue without clocks, even though
> > it may break completely without those clocks. I've seen SoCs respond to
> > disabled clocks for a hardware block in different ways, in many cases an
> > access to any of the registers will completely hang the CPU. In other
> > cases it may just crash in some other way or give you some sort of
> > machine exception. None of those are good, and make the tiny bit of
> > additional code required to support the has_clks flag very attractive.
> >
> > But that's just my opinion. If you prefer to throw away that safety
> > barrier, be my guest. But if you do, please move this functionality into
> > the clock framework first and then make the driver use it.
> >
> > Thierry
> Hi,
> sorry for my late response. I added the flag for the legacy MIPS
> silicon. These SoCs only have a single clock register with a few on/off
> bits. there is no complex clocktree or scaling. Hence COMMON_CLK is not
> supported by those SoCs. I fully agree with Thierry, that the flag makes
> this explicit and the intent was indeed to make sure that on silicon
> where clocks are required, that they really are listed in OF. This is
> indeed an extra sanity check and hiding it in an implicit check inside
> CCF does not feel right.
> John

Thanks for the detailed information:) I will drop this patch in v1.


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