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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] mfd: intel_soc_pmic: Rename pwm_backlight pwm-lookup to pwm_pmic_backlight

On 13-12-2019 09:27, Lee Jones wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Dec 2019, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 12-12-2019 16:52, Lee Jones wrote:
>>> On Thu, 12 Dec 2019, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> On 12-12-2019 09:45, Lee Jones wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, 11 Dec 2019, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Lee,
>>>>>> On 10-12-2019 09:51, Lee Jones wrote:
>>>>>>> On Tue, 19 Nov 2019, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>>>>>> At least Bay Trail (BYT) and Cherry Trail (CHT) devices can use 1 of 2
>>>>>>>> different PWM controllers for controlling the LCD's backlight brightness.
>>>>>>>> Either the one integrated into the PMIC or the one integrated into the
>>>>>>>> SoC (the 1st LPSS PWM controller).
>>>>>>>> So far in the LPSS code on BYT we have skipped registering the LPSS PWM
>>>>>>>> controller "pwm_backlight" lookup entry when a Crystal Cove PMIC is
>>>>>>>> present, assuming that in this case the PMIC PWM controller will be used.
>>>>>>>> On CHT we have been relying on only 1 of the 2 PWM controllers being
>>>>>>>> enabled in the DSDT at the same time; and always registered the lookup.
>>>>>>>> So far this has been working, but the correct way to determine which PWM
>>>>>>>> controller needs to be used is by checking a bit in the VBT table and
>>>>>>>> recently I've learned about 2 different BYT devices:
>>>>>>>> Point of View MOBII TAB-P800W
>>>>>>>> Acer Switch 10 SW5-012
>>>>>>>> Which use a Crystal Cove PMIC, yet the LCD is connected to the SoC/LPSS
>>>>>>>> PWM controller (and the VBT correctly indicates this), so here our old
>>>>>>>> heuristics fail.
>>>>>>>> Since only the i915 driver has access to the VBT, this commit renames
>>>>>>>> the "pwm_backlight" lookup entries for the Crystal Cove PMIC's PWM
>>>>>>>> controller to "pwm_pmic_backlight" so that the i915 driver can do a
>>>>>>>> pwm_get() for the right controller depending on the VBT bit, instead of
>>>>>>>> the i915 driver relying on a "pwm_backlight" lookup getting registered
>>>>>>>> which magically points to the right controller.
>>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Hans de Goede <>
>>>>>>>> ---
>>>>>>>> drivers/mfd/intel_soc_pmic_core.c | 2 +-
>>>>>>>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>>>>>> For my own reference:
>>>>>>> Acked-for-MFD-by: Lee Jones <>
>>>>>> As mentioned in the cover-letter, to avoid breaking bi-sectability
>>>>>> as well as to avoid breaking the intel-gfx CI we need to merge this series
>>>>>> in one go through one tree. Specifically through the drm-intel tree.
>>>>>> Is that ok with you ?
>>>>>> If this is ok with you, then you do not have to do anything, I will just push
>>>>>> the entire series to drm-intel. drivers/mfd/intel_soc_pmic_core.c
>>>>>> does not see much changes so I do not expect this to lead to any conflicts.
>>>>> It's fine, so long as a minimal immutable pull-request is provided.
>>>>> Whether it's pulled or not will depend on a number of factors, but it
>>>>> needs to be an option.
>>>> The way the drm subsys works that is not really a readily available
>>>> option. The struct definition which this patch changes a single line in
>>>> has not been touched since 2015-06-26 so I really doubt we will get a
>>>> conflict from this.
>>> Always with the exceptions ...
>>> OOI, why does this *have* to go through the DRM tree?
>> This patch renames the name used to lookup the pwm controller from
>> "pwm_backlight" to "pwm_pmic_backlight" because there are 2 possible
>> pwm controllers which may be used, one in the SoC itself and one
>> in the PMIC. Which controller should be used is described in a table
>> in the Video BIOS, so another part of this series adds this code to
>> the i915 driver:
>> - panel->backlight.pwm = pwm_get(dev->dev, "pwm_backlight");
>> + /* Get the right PWM chip for DSI backlight according to VBT */
>> + if (dev_priv->vbt.dsi.config->pwm_blc == PPS_BLC_PMIC) {
>> + panel->backlight.pwm = pwm_get(dev->dev, "pwm_pmic_backlight");
>> + desc = "PMIC";
>> + } else {
>> + panel->backlight.pwm = pwm_get(dev->dev, "pwm_soc_backlight");
>> + desc = "SoC";
>> + }
>> So both not to break bisectability, but also so as to not break the extensive
>> CI system which is used to test the i915 driver we need the MFD change doing
>> the rename to go upstrream through the same tree as the i915 change.
>> I have even considered just squashing the 2 commits together as having only 1
>> present, but not the other breaks stuff left and right.
> That doesn't answer the question.
> Why do they all *have* to go in via the DRM tree specifically?

1. As explained these chanegs need to stay together
2. This change is primarily a drm/i915 change. Also the i915 code sees lots
of changes every cycle, where as the change to the mfd code touches a block
of code which has not been touched since 2015-06-26, so the chance of conflicts
is much bigger if this goes on through another tree.

I honestly do not see the problem here? Let me reverse the question why should this
NOT go in through the drm tree?



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