[PATCH 01/15] drivers: phy: add generic PHY framework

Kishon Vijay Abraham I kishon at ti.com
Fri Jul 19 01:55:44 EDT 2013


On Friday 19 July 2013 11:13 AM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:07:10AM +0530, Kishon Vijay Abraham I wrote:
>>>>>> +	ret = dev_set_name(&phy->dev, "%s.%d", dev_name(dev), id);
>>>>> Your naming is odd, no "phy" anywhere in it?  You rely on the sender to
>>>>> never send a duplicate name.id pair?  Why not create your own ids based
>>>>> on the number of phys in the system, like almost all other classes and
>>>>> subsystems do?
>>>> hmm.. some PHY drivers use the id they provide to perform some of their
>>>> internal operation as in [1] (This is used only if a single PHY provider
>>>> implements multiple PHYS). Probably I'll add an option like PLATFORM_DEVID_AUTO
>>>> to give the PHY drivers an option to use auto id.
>>>> [1] ->
>>>> http://archive.arm.linux.org.uk/lurker/message/20130628.134308.4a8f7668.ca.html
>>> No, who cares about the id?  No one outside of the phy core ever should,
>>> because you pass back the only pointer that they really do care about,
>>> if they need to do anything with the device.  Use that, and then you can
>> hmm.. ok.
>>> rip out all of the "search for a phy by a string" logic, as that's not
>> Actually this is needed for non-dt boot case. In the case of dt boot, we use a
>> phandle by which the controller can get a reference to the phy. But in the case
>> of non-dt boot, the controller can get a reference to the phy only by label.
> I don't understand.  They registered the phy, and got back a pointer to
> it.  Why can't they save it in their local structure to use it again
> later if needed?  They should never have to "ask" for the device, as the

One is a *PHY provider* driver which is a driver for some PHY device. This will
use phy_create to create the phy.
The other is a *PHY consumer* driver which might be any controller driver (can
be USB/SATA/PCIE). The PHY consumer will use phy_get to get a reference to the
phy (by *phandle* in the case of dt boot and *label* in the case of non-dt boot).
> device id might be unknown if there are multiple devices in the system.

I agree with you on the device id part. That need not be known to the PHY driver.


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