[PATCH 1/2] drivers: create a pin control subsystem v7

Linus Walleij linus.walleij at linaro.org
Wed Sep 21 05:17:23 EDT 2011

On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:58 PM, Stephen Warren <swarren at nvidia.com> wrote:
> Linus Walleij wrote at Friday, September 16, 2011 6:13 AM:
>> This creates a subsystem for handling of pin control devices.
>> These are devices that control different aspects of package
>> pins.
> I've read through the documentation and header files, but not the .c files,
> and this looks almost perfect as far as I can tell right now. I'll try to
> review the .c files sometime too.

Great, I'm hunting your Acked-by/Reviewed-by ...

I will likely request inclusion into linux-next soon-ish.

> I just have one comment:
>> diff --git a/include/linux/pinctrl/pinmux.h b/include/linux/pinctrl/pinmux.h
> ...
>> +/* External interface to pinmux */
>> +extern int pinmux_request_gpio(unsigned gpio);
>> +extern void pinmux_free_gpio(unsigned gpio);
>> +extern struct pinmux * __must_check pinmux_get(struct device *dev, const char *name);
>> +extern void pinmux_put(struct pinmux *pmx);
>> +extern int pinmux_enable(struct pinmux *pmx);
>> +extern void pinmux_disable(struct pinmux *pmx);
>> +extern int pinmux_config(struct pinmux *pmx, u16 param, unsigned long *data);
> That definition of pinmux_config doesn't seem as useful as it could be;

It should be removed. It's just there in the header file, I killed off
the implementation because specific control of a mux doesn't make
sense. We want to do stuff to pin groups directly, not related to
muxing, so that kind of thing needs to be in the generic pinctrl

> I'd like the ability to execute pinmux_config on a /named/ group, and I
> can certainly see a use-case for applying it to /named/ pins too.

That sounds correct to me.

To abstract things the stuff we can do with the group should be
something enumerated too. So:

pinctrl_config_group(const char *pinctrl_device, const char *group,
const char *mode);
pinctrl_config_pin(const char *pinctrl_device, int pin, const char *mode);

So the driver need an API to enumerate pin and group modes.

I might want to save this thing for post-merge of the basic API and
pinmux stuff though so we don't try to push too much upfront
design at once.

> The issues with applying pinmux_config to a mapping table entry are:
> * When there are multiple mapping table entries referenced by one
> pinmux_get, you don't necessarily want to apply the same configuration
> to all of the groups; think of a bus with a combination of low-speed
> output control signals and high-speed input data signals or something
> like that.
> * When muxing works in groups, you may want to apply the configuration
> to individual pins rather than the whole groups using in the mapping
> table.

Yeah, we kill this old interface.

Linus Walleij

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