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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/5] documention: leds: Add multicolor class documentation

On Tue, 2 Apr 2019 06:53:30 -0500
Dan Murphy <> wrote:

> I agree there are other solutions. Better not so sure.
> We keep kicking a solution down the road we have been talking about adding something to the kernel
> for almost 5 months now, but no one can decide what to do.
> How do we move a solution forward?
> Should we just forget the whole idea and keep developing against the current framework?
> > One was discussed before -- have single file which contains
> > coefficients for r/g/b channels.
> >
> That has been presented as well and the concept was not well received either.
> > Or at least... you should not really need separate sync and
> > sync_enable files. One should do.
> >
> The idea here was to be able to set the LED brightness immediately on a single LED
> with a single brightness write or setup the color brightness on all the LEDs and then
> sync the LED brightnesses.
> If you wanted to control a single LED for notifications the user space may have to do
> echo 0 > blue/brightness
> echo 0 > green/brightness
> echo 255 > red/brightness
> echo 1 > sync
> As opposed to just
> echo 255 > red/brightness

Maybe other kernel developers, or sysfs maintainers like Greg, schould
also have a word about this.

Another solution, although not usable from shell, could be this:
if a process opens all brightness files of a singled multicolor LED
and then does a special SYNC_ON_THIS ioctl on one of them, then the
sync is done when this color is written.
But that would also require ioctl for sysfs files, and I don't think
Greg would like that.

Dan's sync_enable API looks right to me from the one file/one value
sysfs rule as well - you can enable this setting (sync_enable) via one

What is the main reason you guys are concerned about this?
That users will complain that they are writing to red/brightness and
the LED does not change color (because they did not disable


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