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

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 07:53:06 PDT 2014

On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 04:23:59PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
> On 08/25/2014 04:16 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 03:47:43PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> >> On 08/25/2014 03:39 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> >>> On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 02:44:10PM +0200, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> >>>> On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 02:12:30PM +0200, Thierry Reding wrote:
> >>>>> On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 07:01:06PM +0200, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> >>>>>> On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:38:09AM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
> >>>>> [...]
> >>>>>>> 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.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Are you saying is that you want to solve a platform-specific problem by
> >>>>> pushing code into simple, generic drivers so that your platform code can
> >>>>> stay "clean"?
> >>>>
> >>>> Are you saying that this driver would become "dirty" with such a patch?
> >>>
> >>> Yes. Others have said the same and even provided alternative solutions
> >>> on how to solve what's seemingly a platform-specific problem in a
> >>> platform-specific way.
> >>
> >> This is not platform specific, any platform with a complete clock driver
> >> will suffer from the same problem (the clock driver disabling unclaimed
> >> ahb gates, and thus killing the video output) if it wants to use simplefb
> >> for early console support.
> > 
> > It is platform specific in that your platform may require certain clocks
> > to remain on. The next platform may require power domains to remain on
> > during boot and yet another one may rely on regulators to stay on during
> > boot. By your argument simplefb will need to be taught to handle pretty
> > much every type of resource that the kernel has.
> > 
> >> As for the suggestion to simply never disable the plls / ahb gates by blocking
> >> them from ever being disabled in the sunxi clock driver, that is not really
> >> a solution either, as we want to be able to turn these things off to safe
> >> power on screen blank once control has been turned over to the kms driver.
> > 
> > Then perhaps part of the hand-off procedure between simplefb and DRM/KMS
> > should involve marking PLLs or "gates" as properly managed.
> And by your earlier argument also power domains, regulators, etc. So now we need
> to add code to each of the clock core, power-domain core, regulator core, etc. to
> have them now about this initially unmanaged state thing you're introducing, as
> well as modify all involved clock / regulator / etc. drivers to mark certain
> resources as unmanaged.

Hmm... that's true. But we already have a way to deal with exactly this
situation for regulators. There's a property called regulator-boot-on
which a bootloader should set whet it has enabled a given regulator. It
can of course also be set statically in a DTS if it's know upfront that
a bootloader will always enable it. Perhaps what we need is a similar
property for clocks so that the clock framework will not inadvertently
turn off a clock that's still being used.

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