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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 0/6] Driver for at91 usart in spi mode
On Wed, 12 Sep 2018, Alexandre Belloni wrote:

> On 12/09/2018 12:43:52+0100, Lee Jones wrote:
> > > > But ... we can't have it both ways. *Either* it's a true MFD, in
> > > > which case it can/should have 2 separate compatible strings which can
> > > > be specified directly from the DT. *Or* it's not an MFD. In the
> > > > latter case, which I think we're all agreeing on (else we'd have 2
> > > > compatible strings), MFD is not the place to handle this (my original
> > > > point).
> > > >
> > >
> > > If that is what bothers you, then let's move it out of mfd.
> >
> > As I've already mentioned. I don't just want it moved out of MFD and
> > shoved somewhere else. My aim is to fix this properly.
> >
>
> If it is out of MFD, then I'm not sure why you would care too much about
> it as you won't be maintaining that code. And I still this what was done
> was correct but I'm open to test what you suggest.

I care for the kernel in general, not just the areas I'm responsible
for. I guess I'm just that kinda guy! ;)

> > > > So ... this is a USART device which can do SPI, right?
> > > >
> > > > My current thinking is that; as this is a USART device first &
> > > > foremost, the USART should be probed in the first instance regardless,
> > > > then if SPI mode is specified it (the USART driver) registers the SPI
> > > > platform driver (as MFD does currently) and exits gracefully, allowing
> > > > the SPI driver to take over.
> > > >
> > > > Spanner in the works: is it physically possible to change the mode at
> > > > run-time? :s
> > >
> > > Yes it is possible but on Linux that will not happen without probing
> > > the drivers again.
> >
> > Not sure I understand what you mean.
>
> I was just commenting on changing the mode at runtime.

Oh I see. My question was relating to whether the H/W is physically
capable of changing modes on-the-fly, rather than how Linux would
handle that. If this is something we'd wish to support, then it would
have to be a single driver, which is why I was asking. By separating
the drivers this way, we are blocking that as a possibility. Although
I guess the OP has already thought about that and made the decision
not to support it.

> > I'm suggesting that you use the same platform_* interfaces MFD uses to
> > register the SPI driver if SPI mode has been selected. Only do so
> > from the appropriate driver i.e. USART.
>
> Yeah, I understood that but I didn't comment because I'm not sure this
> will work yet.

Other drivers already do this.

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