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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 00/23] counter: cleanups and device lifetime fixes
On Mon, 27 Dec 2021 13:25:25 +0100
Lars-Peter Clausen <lars@metafoo.de> wrote:

> On 12/27/21 10:45 AM, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> > [...]
> >
> > - I wonder why counter is a bus and not a class device type. There is
> > no driver that would ever bind a counter device, is there? So
> > /sys/bus/counter/driver is always empty.
> >
> There used to be a time when GKH said that we do not want new driver
> classes. And all new subsystems should use bus since bus is a superset
> of class. This restriction has been eased since then.
>
> But it was around when the IIO subsystem was merged and since the
> counter subsystem originated from the IIO subsystem I assume it just
> copied this.
>

Yup. Discussion about this back then with one view being there
should never have been class in the first place.

https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/4B571DA4.6070603@cam.ac.uk/

For anyone who loves the history of these things...

FWIW I think Greg suggested IIO should be a bus because we were hanging
a bunch of different types of device off a class and it was getting messy.
Kay then gave some history on class vs bus and suggested no new
subsystem should use class.

Ah well, opinions change over time!

Also interesting to see we were discussing a bridge to input all that
time ago and it's still not gone beyond various prototypes (with
exception of touch screens).

Jonathan

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