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SubjectRe: [PATCH] serial: 8250: Add support for using platform_device resources
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Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com> writes:

> On Tue, May 07, 2019 at 02:22:18PM +0200, Esben Haabendal wrote:
>> Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com> writes:
>> > On Tue, May 07, 2019 at 01:35:58PM +0200, Esben Haabendal wrote:
>> >> Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org> writes:
>> >> > On Thu, 02 May 2019, Esben Haabendal wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> Could you help clarify whether or not this patch is trying to do
>> >> >> something odd/wrong?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> I might be misunderstanding Andy (probably is), but the discussion
>> >> >> revolves around the changes I propose where I change the serial8250
>> >> >> driver to use platform_get_resource() in favour of
>> >> >> request_mem_region()/release_mem_region().
>> >> >
>> >> > Since 'serial8250' is registered as a platform device, I don't see any
>> >> > reason why it shouldn't have the capability to obtain its memory
>> >> > regions from the platform_get_*() helpers.
>> >>
>> >> Good to hear. That is exactly what I am trying do with this patch.
>> >>
>> >> @Andy: If you still don't like my approach, could you please advice an
>> >> acceptable method for improving the serial8250 driver to allow the use
>> >> of platform_get_*() helpers?
>> >
>> > I still don't get why you need this.
>>
>> Because platform_get_resource() is a generally available and useful
>> helper function for working with platform_device resources, that the
>> current standard serial8250 driver does not support.
>>
>> I am uncertain if I still haven't convinced you that current serial8250
>> driver does not work with platform_get_resource(), or if you believe
>> that it really should not support it.
>
> I believe there is no need to do this support.
>
> Most of the platform code that uses it is quite legacy, and all under arch/
> ideally should be converted to use Device Tree.

Please take a look at https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/4/9/576
("[PATCH v2 2/4] mfd: ioc3: Add driver for SGI IOC3 chip")

This is basically what I am trying to do. I am just so unfortunate that
the serial devices I have are completely generic, so it does not make
sense for me to create a specialized 8250 driver.

Look at how the serial8250_ioc3_driver uses platform_get_resource() to
get the register memory, and how that works together with
mfd_add_devices() in the mfd driver. Nice and elegant. Standard
recommended approach for an mfd driver.

/Esben

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