[linux-sunxi] [PATCH 4/4] simplefb: add clock handling code

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Thu Aug 14 04:18:13 PDT 2014


On 08/14/2014 12:31 PM, Koen Kooi wrote:
> Op 14 aug. 2014, om 11:37 heeft Hans de Goede <hdegoede at redhat.com> het volgende geschreven:
>> Hi,
>> On 08/13/2014 07:01 PM, Maxime Ripard wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:38:09AM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
>>>> On 08/13/2014 01:17 AM, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
>>>>> This claims and enables clocks listed in the simple framebuffer dt node.
>>>>> This is needed so that the display engine, in case the required clocks
>>>>> are known by the kernel code and are described in the dt, will remain
>>>>> properly enabled.
>>>> I think this make simplefb not simple any more, which rather goes
>>>> against the whole point of it.
>>>> I specifically conceived simplefb to know about nothing more than
>>>> the memory address and pixel layout of the memory buffer. I
>>>> certainly don't like the idea of expanding simplefb to anything
>>>> beyond that, and IIRC *not* extending is was a condition agreed when
>>>> it was first merged. If more knowledge than that is required, then
>>>> there needs to be a HW-specific driver to manage any
>>>> clocks/resets/video registers, etc.
>>> I'm sorry, but how is that not simple? clocks enabling is step 1 in a
>>> driver in order to communicate somehow with the controller. Reset is a
>>> different story, because arguably, if simplefb is there, the
>>> controller is already out of reset.
>>> And I don't see why video registers are coming into the discussion
>>> here. The code Luc posted doesn't access any register, at all. It just
>>> makes sure the needed controller keep going.
>>>> The correct way to handle this without a complete DRM/KMS/... driver
>>>> is to avoid the clocks in question being turned off at boot.
>>> Which is exactly what this code does, using the generic DT bindings to
>>> express dependency for a given clock. How is this wrong?
>>>> I thought there was a per-clock flag to prevent disabling an unused
>>>> clock?
>>> No, last time I heard, Mike Turquette was against it.
>>>> If not, perhaps the clock driver should force the clock to be
>>>> enabled (perhaps only if the DRM/KMS driver isn't enabled?).
>>> I'm sorry, but I'm not going to take any code that will do that in our
>>> clock driver.
>>> I'm not going to have a huge list of ifdef depending on configuration
>>> options to know which clock to enable, especially when clk_get should
>>> have the consumer device as an argument.
>>>> For example, the Tegra clock driver has a clock initialization table
>>>> which IIRC was used for this purpose before we got a DRM/KMS driver.
>>>> That way, all the details are kept inside the kernel code, and don't
>>>> end up influencing the DT representation of simplefb.
>>> I don't really see how the optional usage of a generic property
>>> influences badly the DT representation of simplefb.
>> +1 to all that Maxime said.
>> Also as can be seen in other discussion on this patch set, simplefb
>> should not be seen as something orthogonal to having a full kms driver.
>> So just write a full kms driver is not the answer IMHO. What we want
>> is for a bootloader setup console to be available through simplefb
>> bindings so that the kernel can show output without depending on
>> module loading, and thus can show errors if things go bad before
>> a kms driver gets loaded.
>> And no build kms into the kernel is not the answer. We've all been
>> working hard to be able to build more generic kernels, so as to get
>> generic distro support. And generic distros will build kms as modules,
>> as there are simply to many different kms drivers to build them all
>> in.
> How many DRM drivers are there on ARM and what's the size impact of building them all into the kernel?

I don't know how many we've today, but I do know that we will have
twice as more next year, and 4x as more the year after that, etc.

IOW this does not scale.



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