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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 01/23] dt-bindings: ata: ahci-platform: Drop dma-coherent property declaration
On Tue, May 17, 2022 at 01:58:41PM -0500, Rob Herring wrote:
> On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 02:17:48AM +0300, Serge Semin wrote:
> > It's redundant to have the 'dma-coherent' property explicitly specified in
> > the DT schema because it's a generic property described in the core
> > DT-schema by which the property is always evaluated.
>

> It is not redundant.
>
> The core schema defines the property (as a boolean), but this schema
> defines it being used in this binding. Otherwise, it won't be allowed.

I thought that the generic properties like ranges, dma-ranges, etc
including the dma-coherent one due to being defined in the dt-core
schema are always evaluated. As such seeing the unevaluatedProperties
property is set to false here, they can be used in the DT-nodes with
no need to be explicitly specified in the DT node bindings. In
addition to that I tested this assumption by dropping the dma-coherent
property definition from the AHCI-common schema and executed the
DT-bindings check procedure. No error has been spotted:

> [fancer@mobilestation] kernel $ cat Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.yaml | grep dma-coherent
> dma-coherent;
> [fancer@mobilestation] kernel $ make -j8 DT_SCHEMA_FILES=Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.yaml dt_binding_check
> LINT Documentation/devicetree/bindings
> DTEX Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.example.dts
> CHKDT Documentation/devicetree/bindings/processed-schema.json
> SCHEMA Documentation/devicetree/bindings/processed-schema.json
> DTC Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.example.dtb
> CHECK Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.example.dtb
> [fancer@mobilestation] kernel $ cat Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/snps,dwc-ahci.example.dts | grep dma-coherent
> dma-coherent;
> [fancer@mobilestation] kernel $ echo $?
> 0

Due to that here are a few backward questions:
1) Am I doing something wrong in the framework of the DT-bindings
evaluation? Really I even tried to specify unknown property in the
DT-bindings example like "bla-bla-bla;" and no evaluation error was
printed. Anyway If what you are saying was correct I would have got an
error during the DT-bindings evaluation, but as you can see there was
none.
2) Am I wrong in thinking that the unevaluatedProperties setting
concerns the generic properties defined in the DT-core schema? If it
doesn't concern the generic properties then does it work for the
$ref'ed schemas only?


Getting back to the patch topic. We need to drop the dma-coherent
property from the schema anyway. AHCI-specification doesn't
regulate the DMA operations coherency. The dma-coherent property is
more specific to the particular controller implementation mainly
dependent on the platform settings. So I'll change the patch log, but
get to keep the patch in the series. What do you think?

-Sergey

>
> Rob

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