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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] Move ad7746 out of staging
On Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:28:48 -0300
Hernán Gonzalez <hernan@vanguardiasur.com.ar> wrote:

> This patch series aims to move the cdc ad7746 driver out of staging. I have some
> design questions though so I would introduce them here, along with a short
> description of each patch.
>
> *PATCH 0001 - Adjust arguments to match open parenthesis.
> There were a couple CHECKS that still remained, so I got rid of them.
Don't bother describing straight forward patches in the cover letter.
Adds noise to the interesting message.
>
> *PATCH 0002 - Fix multiple line dereference
> In this case, I opted for avoiding the multiple line derefence and having a 80+
> characters line instead as I consider that it improves readability. I may be
> wrong though, so this patch could just be discarded.
>
> *PATCH 0003 - Reorder includes alphabetically
>
> *PATCH 0004 - Reorder variable declarations in an inverser-pyramid way
>
> *PATCH 0005 - Remove unused defines
> There were a few too many #defines that were not used at all, so I just removed
> them. I guess if someone plans on extending the drivers functionality they can
> be added again, but they were just wasting space as they were. Again, I could be
> wrong with this decision so this patch could just be discarded.
>
> *PATCH 0006 - Add dt-bindings
> This patch adds dt bindings by populating the old pdata struct. It supports both
> platform_data and dt-bindings but uses only one depending on CONFIG_OF. I chose
> this way to avoid modifying too much the code, and introduce no errors (or as
> few as I could), keeping the same functionality and maintaining support of the
> platform_data.
>
> *PATCH 0007 - Add remove()
> I added a remove function so I could test that the driver probed properly when
> compiled as a module with the new dt-bindings.
>
> *PATCH 0008 - Add comments to clarify some of the calculations
> I had to go through most of the datasheet to understand some of the math in the
> code, so I added comments where I saw fit. (Comments on the comments are
> welcome).
>
> *PATCH 0009 - Add devicetree bindings documentation
> Add documentation on the devicetree bindings, explaining the properties of it
> and describing a short example.
>
> *PATCH 0010 - Rename sysfs attrs to comply with the ABI
> Comments are welcome on this one.
> I shortened the names of the sysfs attrs to comply with the ABI:
> <type>[Y]_calibbias_calibration -> <type>[Y]_calibbias
> <type>[Y]_calibscale_calibration -> <type>[Y]_calibscale
Hmm. so this one is interesting (note I didn't read the cover letter
and most people don't so better to have put this discussion in that patches
own description.

>
> The device supports 2 ways of calibrating the gain (from the datasheet):
> 'The gain can be changed by executing a capacitance gain
> calibration mode, for which an external full-scale capacitance
> needs to be connected to the capacitance input, or by writing a
> user value to the capacitive gain register.'
So the second case is valid for the calibscale ABI, the second not.
>
> The same for the offset calibration:
> 'One method of adjusting the offset is to connect a zero-scale
> capacitance to the input and execute the capacitance offset
> calibration mode. The calibration sets the midpoint of the
> ±4.096 pF range (that is, Output Code 0x800000) to that
> zero-scale input.
> Another method would be to calculate and write the offset cali-
> bration register value, the LSB is value 31.25 aF (4.096 pF/2^17 ).'
>
> The driver only supports the first way in both cases, as it only writes the
> register that starts the calibration mode and doesn't allow the user to write
> anything on other registers.
>
> What I understand from the ABI is not so different when explaining calibbias and
> calibscale:
> 'Description:
> Hardware applied calibration {offset,scale factor} (assumed to fix production
> inaccuracies).'
>
> Maybe I'm missing something and the renaming is not good. I would be really
> grateful if someone could shed some light on this for me.
You are correct - it isn't good. We can't 'bend' the ABI like this as
userspace would have no idea what to do with it.

This needs new ABI defining to cover the use case. Please have a go and
make sure to provide documentation of the new ABI
/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-iio-ad7746 (for now - we can move
to the shared docs if it makes sense later).

>
> *PATCH 0011 - Move cdc ad7746 driver out of staging to mainline iio
> Move the files, modify the proper Kconfigs and the documentation.
>
> That'd be all. Any feedback is welcome. I hope this gets out of staging :)
>
> Cheers,
>
> Hernán
>
> Hernán Gonzalez (11):
> staging: iio: ad7746: Adjust arguments to match open parenthesis
> staging: iio: ad7746: Fix multiple line dereference
> staging: iio: ad7746: Reorder includes alphabetically
> staging: iio: ad7746: Reorder variable declarations
> staging: iio: ad7746: Remove unused defines
> staging: iio: ad7746: Add dt-bindings
> staging: iio: ad7746: Add remove()
> staging: iio: ad7746: Add comments
> staging: iio: ad7746: Add devicetree bindings documentation
> staging: iio: ad7746: Rename sysfs attrs to comply with the ABI
> Move cdc ad7746 driver out of staging to mainline iio
>
> .../devicetree/bindings/iio/cdc/ad7746.txt | 32 ++++
> drivers/iio/Kconfig | 1 +
> drivers/iio/cdc/Kconfig | 16 ++
> drivers/{staging => }/iio/cdc/ad7746.c | 168 +++++++++++++++------
> drivers/staging/iio/cdc/Kconfig | 10 --
> .../staging => include/linux}/iio/cdc/ad7746.h | 9 --
> 6 files changed, 168 insertions(+), 68 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/iio/cdc/ad7746.txt
> create mode 100644 drivers/iio/cdc/Kconfig
> rename drivers/{staging => }/iio/cdc/ad7746.c (84%)
> rename {drivers/staging => include/linux}/iio/cdc/ad7746.h (70%)
>

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