RFC: representing sdio devices oob interrupt, clks, etc. in device tree

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Mon May 26 07:59:38 PDT 2014


On 05/26/2014 04:22 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 01:12:43PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> On 05/26/2014 12:38 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
>>> On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 09:20:52PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>> until we've powered up and enumerated.  The only time that there's a
>>> problem and would need to specify exactly what the device is in the DTS
>>> is if we need the custom sequence prior to being able to do that at
>>> which point I don't see much option.
>> Specified != driver available. Determining whether or not we should power
>> up based purely on there being a compatible string is not going to work, as
>> even when using simple powerup we still need compatible strings for non
>> powerup settings like sdio signal drive strength, oob irq, etc.
> If there are compatible strings but not one we've heard of then we're
> back in the situation where we may as well not bother powering up in the
> first place since we've no idea what to do with the device once it's
> powered.  If we fall down a list of compatibles and decide that the
> only thing we know about the device is that we can power it up (this is
> distinct from the case where we probe the device) I'd expect the device
> to be turned off.

We won't know if we have a valid driver until we power on the device,
and probe it, not all sdio drivers will have compatibles, actually most of
them won't since sdio is a discoverable bus.

>> So the only way this will work is if we delay powerup until we've a driver
>> available, which may be never if the module is not build, or whatever,
>> and without powerup the user is never going to figure out he is missing
>> a module. Basically adding a driver flag for blacklisting from the simple
>> power up logic means inserting an unnecessary initialization ordering issue,
>> which we really don't need as each ordering dependency is usually one too many.
> I'm afraid I'm really not seeing a substantial problem either way here,
> powering up the device isn't going to help us find a driver for it and
> the UI around reporting that the device is there without a driver should
> hopefully be unaffected by its power state.

How can the UI be unaffected if we cannot tell userspace that there is
a device there and what its vendor / product ids are ?  We need to power
up the device before it will respond to probes...

>>> I don't understand why not powering the device up would be a sensible
>>> default or why other OSs would also choose to implement things that way.
>> Because if we are not 100% sure that our simple power up logic will do the
>> job properly (i.e. in the right order), then the SAFE thing to do is to
>> not power up.
> So long as we've got a clear way of saying that we might need to do
> something special I don't think we should have an issue either way;
> it's mostly a case of how we specify.
>> What if a user takes an older distro kernel, where the driver does not
>> set the opt-out flag you're suggesting since at that time it did not
>> have its own power logic, then tries to boot that with a dtb file written
>> for a newer kernel (where the driver does have the opt out flag), and we
>> start powering up things in the wrong order and let the magic smoke out
>> of various components on the board ?
> Conversely what if someone fixes a bug in the standard power up sequence
> in a newer version of the kernel but then tries to run older software?
> There's plenty of ways things can go wrong with this stuff.
>> Also note that this is a perfectly standard use of compatibles, compatibles
>> are typically used to indicate which driver should be used, in this case
>> the compatible indicates that the simple powerup driver should be used,
>> where as if another powerup driver should be used another compatbile will
>> be there instead.
> We don't typically actually bind multiple compatibles for a single
> device.  We've got a bunch of options we can choose from but we
> generally pick the one that matches best and ignore the others.
>> Where as what you're suggesting is to always pick driver foo, unless
>> driver bar is available and has a special flag saying to not use foo, this
>> is a whole new way to use compatibles really, and not one which I think
>> we want to introduce.
> I'm not sure I'm buying the idea that we have a powerup driver that's
> meaningfully not part of the main device driver.

Well, if we merge some variant of Olof's code, we will have a powerup driver
that is part of the mmc core, and thus not of the sdio function driver.

>>> Well, if things aren't going to work either way for these devices
>>> without extra stuff it seems it doesn't much matter but it helps the
>>> simple case to have things default to working.
>> The simple case still needs a child node describing the needed resources,
>> adding a compatible = "simple-sdio-powerup" to that at the same as creating
>> the child node in the first place really is no extra effort at all.
> From where I'm sitting it's more effort since instead of just putting
> the device in there (and possibly also some other devices that are
> software compatible) we have to put in another compatible string which
> is really just a boolean flag to be used in conjunction with the others.
> That's harder to think about and we clearly don't want to go through the
> compatible list, decide that we don't know how to handle the device
> except power it up so go and do that.
> If it were done as something like "set boolean property X or
> powerup-method = Y in the card description" or whatever it'd seem a bit
> annoying but not a big deal, I think it's the fact that it's getting put
> into the compatible list that's really concerning me.

Ok, so lets switch it over to a boolean, options for the name I see are:

linux,mmc-host-powerup  (opt in to powerup being dealt with by the mmc core, implementation specific)
simple-powerup		(platform neutral opt in to say just enable all resources and be done with it)
custom-powerup		(platform neutral opt out version of simple-powerup)
linux,custom-powerup	(same, but consider this something linux specific)

I think that it may be best to go with one of the 2 linux prefixed options.



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