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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/2] hwmon: ina3221: Read channel input source info from DT
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On 09/22/2018 11:46 AM, Nicolin Chen wrote:
>>> This patch adds a new structure of input source specific
>>> information including input source label, shunt resistor
>>> value and its connection status. It exposes these labels
>>> via sysfs and also disables those channels where there's
>>> no input source being connected.
>>>
>>
>> I see you have decided to just display the disconnected channels.
>> This is misleading, and I can not accept it. Please either use the
>> is_visible callback to not display those channels at all, or have
>
> I will add is_visible. I have almost finished it while waiting for
> the v3's review comments. Will test it and include in the v4.
>
>> the _input attribute of disabled channels return -ENODATA (see
>> 'in[0-*]_enable' attribute in the ABI). If you implement the latter,
>> I would suggest to also implement the _enable attribute.
>
> I will also add one separate patch for in[0-*]_enable after these
> two changes pass the review and get applied.
>
>> As mentioned in patch 1, I can not accept an implicitly mandatory
>> label attribute. The property defining the label attribute will
>> have to be optional and well defined to ensure that it matches
>> the ABI.
>
> I replied this in the PATCH-1. Let's discuss this topic there.
>
>>> + /* Disable channels if their inputs are disconnected */
>>> + for (i = 0, mask = 0; i < INA3221_NUM_CHANNELS; i++) {
>>> + if (ina->inputs[i].disconnected)
>>> + mask |= INA3221_CONFIG_CHx_EN(i);
>>> + }
>>
>> Consequently, you should also _enable_ channels which are not explicitly disabled.
>
> The register has enabled all channels by default. So I felt it'd
> be neat to have disabling code only. My v1 actually had enabling
> part as well, but I can add it back if you think it'd be better.
>
>> This can be tricky since you'll have to distinguish non-DT and DT configuration
>> and retain the original configuration if no channel configuration data is available
>> from devicetree.
>
> I don't quite understand this comments. Would you please elaborate
> it?
>
> For non-DT configurations, input->disconnected is always false by
> default unless someone adds config for it (through platform_data).
> If regmap_update_bits only does disabling like this version does,
> non-DT configurations will not get affected since mask = 0. Or if
> we change it to do both enabling and disabling, regmap_update_bits
> will still ignore since there's no register value changed, though
> it won't really hurt even if regmap writes correct configurations
> to the register.
>
> For DT configurations (without channel input source defined), it's
> like the same as non-DT configurations. As we have platforms only
> enabled ina3221 via DT while they don't have this new DT binding,
> the driver has to be backward compatible, so my change only sets
> input->disconnected=true when a status="disabled" is present, i.e.
> those platforms are treated as all channels getting enabled until
> they update their DTs.
>

I think your assumption may be that the chip is always in its reset state
when Linux is loaded. This is not necessarily the case; it may be
preconfigured by BIOS or ROMMON, or even by someone using i2cset before
loading the driver. If you add enable/disable functionality, you can
not make an assumption about the original state of the chip at probe time;
you have to read it from the chip itself.

Thanks,
Guenter

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