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SubjectRe: [PATCH v10 0/9] Add the I3C subsystem

On 15/11/18 12:57, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> +Mark Brown for the question about /dev/spidev
> Hi Vitor,
> On Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:14:37 +0000
> vitor <> wrote:
>> Hi Boris,
>> Given the current state of the subsystem I think it might worth start to
>> think how to expose the devices under /dev.
> Thanks for starting this discussion. I'm not against the idea in
> general, we just need to be careful when doing that.
>> My initial thoughts are to do the same think as for i2c, expose the
>> buses or the i3c_devices and use ioctl for private transfers.
> Exposing the bus is dangerous IMO, because an I3C bus is not like an
> I2C bus:
> * I3C device needs to be discovered through DAA
> * I2C devices need to be declared ahead of time, and LVR is used to
> determine the limitations on the bus at runtime
> So you'd anyway be able to interact only with devices that have
> previously been discovered.
> Note that the virtual I2C bus is already exposed, but any command
> targeting an address that is not attached to a registered I2C dev will
> get a -ENOENT error.
I initially thought to do the same thing for the i3c devices adding a
routine get_i3c_dev_by_addr()...
> What we could do though, is expose I3C devices that do not have a
> driver in kernel space, like spidev does.

...but I like more this approach.

>> Some
>> direct CCC commands can be sent through the /sys as you plan for SETNEWDA .
> Yes, CCC commands that need to be exposed to userspace should be
> exposed through sysfs, or, if we decide to create a /dev/i3cX device
> per bus, through ioctls.

There already some attributes exposed, just need to add the possibility
to write to them and off course add some that are missing like GETSTATUS.

>> What do you think about this?
> I think this request is perfectly valid, we just need to decide how it
> should be done, and before we take this decision, I'd like to get
> inputs from other maintainers.
> Mark, Wolfram, Arnd, Greg, any opinion?
> Regards,
> Boris

Best regards,

Vitor Soares

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