[PATCH 09/26] mfd: ab8500-debugfs: Provide a means for a user subscribe to IRQs

Lee Jones lee.jones at linaro.org
Mon Jan 28 03:25:23 EST 2013

On Mon, 28 Jan 2013, Samuel Ortiz wrote:

> Hi Lee,
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:55:49PM +0000, Lee Jones wrote:
> > Allow users to subscribe to and view IRQ events live from debugfs.
> I seem to remember that I got a similar patch some time ago for the same
> purpose and my answer was: Please use a UIO driver for this. There already is
> such driver, it's uio_pdrv_genirq. What your debugfs registration entry could
> do is adding a platform device for the specific interrupt number. This would
> avoid the irq handler registration and the sysfs entry creation, both things I
> believe are not very elegant and open coded. It also gives you an IRQ count
> implementation.
> Ideally, the UIO framework could be improved to support IRQ ranges (through
> IRQ domains) instead of the current single interrupt number.
> Have you considered going through that path ?

I haven't looked into re-writing any of the MFD stuff yet. Instead I
have a plan of action:

1. Upstream as many of the 100 patches from the internal kernel up
into Mainline.

2. Mark any patches which are unsuitable for Mainlining and re-work
them after the remainder have been accepted. Not withstanding small
fixups, as these can be done on the fly without too much disruption.

3. Upstream the remainder once re-worked.

If I don't follow this work-flow and fix-up/re-work as I go, not only
will it take forever, but I'm also likely to encounter too many
complications in the way of conflicts in the latter stages.

I'm also following the same work-flow for 'drivers/power' and

Lee Jones
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