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Subject[RFC 0/5] Introduce i3c device userspace interface
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For today there is no way to use i3c devices from user space and
the introduction of such API will help developers during the i3c device
or i3c host controllers development.

The i3cdev module is highly based on i2c-dev and yet I tried to address
the concerns raised in [1].

NOTES:
- The i3cdev dynamically request an unused major number.

- The i3c devices are dynamically exposed/removed from dev/ folder based
on if they have a device driver bound to it.

- For now, the module exposes i3c devices without device driver on
dev/i3c-<bus>-<pid>, but we can change the path to
dev/bus/i3c/<bus>-<pid> or dev/i3c/<bus>-<pid>.

- As in the i2c subsystem, here it is exposed the i3c_priv_xfer to
userspace. I tried to use a dedicated structure as in spidev but I don't
see any obvious advantage.

- Since the i3c API only exposes i3c_priv_xfer to devices, for now, the
module just makes use of one ioctl(). This can change in the future with
the introduction hdr commands or by the need of exposing some CCC
commands to the device API (private contract between master-slave).
Regarding the i3c device info, some information is already available
through sysfs. We can add more device attributes to expose more
information or add a dedicated ioctl() request for that purpose or both.

- Similar to i2c, I have also created a tool that you can find in [2]
for testing purposes. If you have some time available I would appreciate
your feedback about it as well.

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/11/15/853
[2] https://github.com/vitor-soares-snps/i3c-tools.git

Vitor Soares (5):
i3c: master: export i3c_masterdev_type
i3c: master: export i3c_bus_type symbol
i3c: device: expose transfer strutures to uapi
i3c: master: add i3c_for_each_dev helper
i3c: add i3cdev module to expose i3c dev in /dev

drivers/i3c/Kconfig | 15 ++
drivers/i3c/Makefile | 1 +
drivers/i3c/i3cdev.c | 438 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/i3c/internals.h | 2 +
drivers/i3c/master.c | 16 +-
include/linux/i3c/device.h | 54 +----
include/uapi/linux/i3c/device.h | 66 ++++++
include/uapi/linux/i3c/i3cdev.h | 27 +++
8 files changed, 565 insertions(+), 54 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 drivers/i3c/i3cdev.c
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/i3c/device.h
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/i3c/i3cdev.h

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