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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] leds: Add Intel Cherry Trail Whiskey Cove PMIC LEDs

> >>>I suggest that we deal with this special case by adding 3 custom
> >>>sysfs attributes:
> >>>
> >>>1) "mode" which when read, prints, e.g. :
> >>>manual [on-when-charging]
> >>
> >>While this allows _user on console_ to control everything using echo,
> >>it is not suitable for applications trying to control LEDs.
> >>
> >>As there's nothing special about the case here, I believe we should
> >>have generic solution here.
> >>
> >>My preffered solution would be "hardware" trigger that leaves the LED
> >>in hardware control.
> >
> >As you explained in the parts which I snipped, there are many
> >devices which have a similar choice for a LED being under hw or
> >user control. I can see how this looks like a trigger and how we
> >could use the trigger API for this.
> >
> >I believe though, that if we implement a "virtual" (for lack of
> >a better word) trigger for this, that this should be done in the
> >LED core. I can envision this working like this:
> >
> >1) Add a:
> >
> >hw_control_set(struct led_classdev *led_cdev, bool enable_hw_control);
> Please note that we have support for hw patterns in the pattern trigger.
> (see how drivers/leds/leds-sc27xx-bltc.c makes use of it for its
> breathing pattern).
> We have also support for hw blinking in timer trigger via blink_set op.
> In addition to that there is brightness_hw_changed sysfs attribute
> with led_classdev_notify_brightness_hw_changed() LED API.
> Couldn't they be used in concert to support the specific features
> of the device in question?

I believe main issue here is this:

Hardware can automatically control the LED according to the charging
status, or it can be used as normal software-controlled LED.

I believe we should use trigger to select if hardware controls it or
not (and then add driver-specific files to describe the
details). Other proposal is in the mail thread, too.

Best regards,

(cesky, pictures)
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