[GIT PULL] DT clk binding support
robherring2 at gmail.com
Thu May 24 17:54:09 EDT 2012
On 05/24/2012 04:16 PM, Saravana Kannan wrote:
> On 05/23/2012 06:59 AM, Rob Herring wrote:
>> On 05/22/2012 08:38 PM, Saravana Kannan wrote:
>>> If only the leaf nodes are defined in DT, then how is the clock platform
>>> driver implementer supposed to instantiate the rest of the tree and
>>> connect it up with the partial list of clocks in DT? So, they have to
>>> switch back and forth between DT and the .c file which defines the rest
>>> and make sure the parent<->child names match?
>>> To me it looks that it might better to decouple the description of the
>>> clock HW from the mapping of a clock leaf to a consumer device. If we
>>> use a string to identify the clock that's consumed by a device, we can
>>> achieve this decoupling at a clean boundary -- clock consumers devices
>>> (UART) vs clock producer devices (clock controller in the SoC, in a
>>> audio codec, etc).
>>> With the decoupling, we don't have the inconsistency of having some
>>> of the
>>> clocks of a clock producer device incompletely defined in DT and the
>>> of the clocks of the same clock producer device hard coded in the
>>> So, you either put your entire clock tree in the SoC in the DT or put
>>> of it in the kernel but you aren't forced to put just some of them in
>>> DT just to get DT working. I see no benefit in defining only some of the
>>> clocks in DT -- it just adds more confusion in the clock tree
>>> What am I missing?
>> I fail to see what would need changing in the binding itself. The
>> binding just describes connections. Whether that is a connection to a
>> clock controller node to a device or a clock gate/mux/divider node to a
>> device is really beyond the clock binding. This is really just policy.
>> You are free to put no clocks in DT, all clocks, or a nexus of clocks.
> With the current approach you are taking can you please give an example
> of how a random device described in DT would hook itself up with a leaf
> clock if that leaf clock is not described in DT? So that it can do a
> call a DT version of clk_get() to get the clock it cares for.
No, because that's impossible with any binding. The only way that would
work is provide a string with a clock name and matching to the struct
clk name string. That means putting linux clock names into the h/w
description. That is the wrong direction and not how bindings work.
Defining bindings should not get tangled up with how the OS
implementation is done.
> And no, there is a huge difference between binding a clock controller
> node (by which I mean the block that provides many clocks) to a device
> vs. binding a clock leaf to a device. The former is useless wrt to
> clk_get() and similar functions. The latter is very useful to handle that.
The binding and clkdev changes support clk_get fully. Drivers don't have
to change at all. There is not a DT version of clk_get that all drivers
have to adopt. It's all handled within clk_get and should be transparent
to drivers. The only thing that has to change is callers of clk_get_sys
to use of_clk_get, but that's a small fraction of clocks.
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