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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/4] gpio: dwapb: Read GPIO base from gpio-base property
On Wed, Aug 04, 2021 at 03:44:33PM +0300, Serge Semin wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 02, 2021 at 06:52:28PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 5:14 PM Serge Semin <> wrote:
> > > On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 03:54:34PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > > For backward compatibility with some legacy devices introduce
> > > > a new (*) property gpio-base to read GPIO base. This will allow
> > > > further cleanup of the driver.
> >
> > Thanks for the review! My answers below.
> >
> > > > *) Note, it's not new for GPIO library since mockup driver is
> > > > using it already.
> > >
> > > You are right but I don't think it's a good idea to advertise the
> > > pure Linux-internal property "gpio-base" to any use-case like OF
> > > and ACPI FW nodes.
> > I don't want to advertise them, actually (that's why no bindings are
> > modified). Perhaps introducing a paragraph in the GPIO documentation
> > about this (and / or in GPIO generic bindings) that gpio-base property
> > is solely for internal use and should't be used in actual DTs?
> It might have been not that clear but by "advertising" I meant to have
> the property generically handled in the driver, thus permitting it
> being specified not only via the SW-nodes but also via the ACPI
> and OF firmware. (Please see my next comment for more details.)
> Regarding adding the gpio-base property documentation. I am pretty
> sure it shouldn't be mentioned neither in the DW APB GPIO bindings,
> nor in any other GPIO device DT-bindings because as you are right
> saying it is the solely Linux kernel-specific parameter and isn't
> supposed to be part of the device tree specification. On the other
> hand if it gets to be frequently used then indeed we need to somehow
> have it described and of course make sure it isn't used
> inappropriately. Thus a possible option of documenting the property
> would be just adding a new paragraph/file somewhere in
> Documentation/driver-api/gpio/ since the property name implies that
> it's going to be generic and permitted to be specified for all
> GPIO-chips. Though it's for @Linus and @Bartosz to decide after all.

Thanks for elaborative point.

> > > Especially seeing we don't have it described in the
> > > DT-bindings and noting that the mockup driver is dedicated for the
> > > GPIO tests only. What about restricting the property usage for the
> > > SW-nodes only by adding an additional check: is_software_node() here?
> > I don't think we need this. But if you think it's better this way just
> > to avoid usage of this property outside of internal properties, I'm
> > fine to add. Perhaps we may issue a warning and continue? (see also
> > above)
> In my opinion it's very required and here is why. Adding the generic
> gpio-base property support into the driver basically means saying:
> "Hey, the driver supports it, so you can add it to your firmware."
> Even if the property isn't described in the bindings, the platform
> developers will be able to use it in new DTS-files since it's much
> easier to add a property into a DT-file and make things working than
> to convert the drivers/platforms/apps to using the GPIOd API. In case
> if maintainers aren't that careful at review such dts may get slip
> into the kernel, which in its turn will de facto make the property
> being part of the DT specification and will need to be supported. That
> is we must be very careful in what properties are permitted in the
> driver. Thus, yes, I think we need to make sure here that the property
> is only used in framework of the kernel and isn't passed via
> inappropriate paths like DT/ACPI fw so not to get into the
> maintainability troubles in future.

Got it. I'll add the additional check in next version.

> Issuing a warning but accepting the property isn't good alternative
> due to the same reason. Why do we need to add the DT/ACPI property
> support, which isn't supposed to be used like that instead of just
> restricting the usecases beforehand? So I vote for parsing the
> "gpio-base" property only if it's passed as a part of the SW-node.

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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