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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 5/7] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator/Repeater driver
Hi Linus,

On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 1:38 AM Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org> wrote:
> Sorry for slowness... christmas.

Np. Happy New Year!

> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 4:24 PM Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:34 PM Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org> wrote:
> > > > + This can serve the following purposes:
> > > > + 1. Assign a collection of GPIOs to a user, or export them to a
> > > > + virtual machine,
> > >
> > > This is ambiguous. What is a "user"? A process calling from
> > > userspace? A device tree node?
> >
> > A user is an entity with a UID, typically listed in /etc/passwd.
> > This is similar to letting some, not all, people on the machine access
> > the CD-ROM drive.
>
> Ah I get it. Maybe we can say "assign permissions for a collection
> of GPIOs to a user".

OK

> > > I would write "assign a collection of GPIO lines from any lines on
> > > existing physical GPIO chips to form a new virtual GPIO chip"
> > >
> > > That should be to the point, right?
> >
> > Yes, that's WHAT it does. The WHY is the granular access control.
>
> So I guess we can write both?

OK.

> > > > + 3. Provide a generic driver for a GPIO-operated device, to be
> > > > + controlled from userspace using the GPIO chardev interface.
> > >
> > > I don't understand this, it needs to be elaborated. What is meant
> > > by a "GPIO-operated device" in this context? Example?
> >
> > E.g. a motor. Or a door opener.
> >
> > door-opener {
> > compatible = "mydoor,opener";
> >
> > gpios = <&gpio2 19 GPIO_ACTIVE_HIGH>;
> > };
> >
> > You don't need a full-featured kernel driver for that, so just bind the
> > gpio-aggregator to the door-opener, and control it through libgpiod.
>
> Yep it's a perfect industrial control example, I get it.
>
> Maybe we should blurb something about industrial control?

OK.

> The rest I think we cleared out else I will see it when I review again.

The remaining discussion point is "GPIO Repeater in Device Tree", i.e.
the GPIO inverter usecase, which might be solved better by adding a
GPIO_INVERTED flag.

Shall I rip that out, incorporate review comments, and report?

Thanks!



--
Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

--
Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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