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SubjectRe: [PATCH] usb: musb: Support gadget mode when the port is set to dual role

Le mardi 01 mai 2018 à 07:25 -0500, Bin Liu a écrit :
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 11:08:42PM +0200, Paul Kocialkowski wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Le samedi 21 avril 2018 à 09:34 -0500, Bin Liu a écrit :
> > > Okay, this came down to an argument that whether we should require
> > > loading a gadget driver on a dual-role port to work in host mode,
> > > which is currently required on musb since a long long time ago.
> > >
> > > I understand the requirement is kinda unnecessary, but since it
> > > already
> > > exists on musb stack for a long time, I don't plan to change it.
> > > Because I
> > > cannot think of a use case in real products that doesn't
> > > automatically
> > > load a gadget function on the dual-role port.
> > >
> > > If you can explain a use case in real world (not a engineering
> > > lab)
> > > that the gadget driver will not be loaded at linux booting up, but
> > > later based on user's input, I will reconsider my decision. To
> > > remove
> > > this requirement from musb stack, the work is more than this
> > > patch.
> >
> > My use case here is to support common GNU/Linux-based distributions,
> > not
> > use-case-specific varieties of GNU/Linux-based rootfs. So my point
> > here
> > would be that most distros will (and probably should) ship g_ether
> > as a
> > module but without any particular reason to autoload it, or any
> > other
> > gadget module in particular, since the system is general-purpose.
> This is the case I called it "in a engineering lab", not a real
> product.

To me, this sounds more like "daily use with upstream like on any
laptop/desktop" rather than an engineering lab, but that's not the main
point here.

> > Then, imagine a user wants to plug a USB device through OTG (say,
> > because it's the only USB port available at all on the tablet
> > they're
> > using), it simply won't work. It won't be obvious to that user that
> > this
> > is because no gadget is loaded, since what they want to do does not
> > involve using gadget mode at any point.
> If a tablet has a dual-role usb port, it is designed to use a gadget
> driver,

I don't understand the logic behind this assertion. If it has a dual-
role USB port, then its hardware allows both use cases. It's obvious
that the use case is up to the user of the device since it can be
switched by software and is not fixed at design time.

> which has to be loaded at some point. In the case you described
> above, when the gadget driver will be loaded? and how?

Again, loading a gadget driver is not part of the use case. In what I
described, the user only wants to use the dual-role port for its host
capability and does not care about gadget at all. When the device is
plugged into a host, it will simply charge and not propose any USB
device features.

> If a gadget driver will never be used, a host-only port should be on
> the board, not a dual-role port.

Here as well, I think the use case is separate from the hardware design.
I crafted this patch because I was in the use case I described, with a
tablet that only features a micro B USB OTG port. The form factor simply
does not allow having a full USB A female host-only port.

> > Do you think this is a valid use case? It surely is a common one and
> > perfectly depicts my situation.
> As I explained above, I don't think so.

I am really surprised that using regular upstream GNU/Linux
distributions out of the box is not a valid use case for the MUSB
driver. The situation I'm describing is exactly the same as buying a
laptop with a preinstalled OS and replacing it with a regular distro. In
my case, that's what I did with the tablet (that had an old Android
version that did expose gadget features via USB) and I installed
upstream Linux and a distro on it.

> > Note that in addition to Allwinner devices, I also have omap3/4/5
> > devices for testing things. I don't think I have other MUSB-enabled
> Much more than what I have ;)
> > devices in my collection though, but I would be willing to test
> > fixes to
> > this issue on the ones I have.
> Appreciated it, but someone has to make the patches first. The one you
> posted might be a good start, but it is not complete. The first
> problem

Oh, I am definitely up for making the changes as well, I mentioned
testing to show what level of test coverage I could bring to the table,
since this will probably require making sure that it doesn't break
specific platforms, glue layers, etc.

> I see is that musb_start() will be called twice, one in the place you
> patched, the other is when the gadget driver is bound to the UDC.

Okay, I will look into this and make sure there is only a single call to
musb_start in all scenarios. Are there other things that should be
modified as well?


Paul Kocialkowski,

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