[PATCH] hwmon: (gpio-fan) allow to use alarm support alone from DT

Simon Guinot simon.guinot at sequanux.org
Wed Feb 25 03:14:30 PST 2015

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 06:43:16AM -0800, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On 02/23/2015 06:34 AM, Simon Guinot wrote:
> >On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 06:06:12AM -0800, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >>On 02/23/2015 04:58 AM, Simon Guinot wrote:
> >>>On some boards, such as the LaCie 2Big Network v2 or 2Big NAS (based on
> >>>Marvell Kirkwood SoCs), an I2C fan controller is used but the alarm
> >>>signal is wired to a separate GPIO. Unfortunately, the gpio-fan driver
> >>>can't be used to handle GPIO alarm alone from DT: an error is returned
> >>>if the "gpios" DT property is missing.
> >>>
> >>>This patch allows to use the gpio-fan driver even if the "alarm-gpios"
> >>>DT property is defined alone.
> >>>
> >>
> >>That is the wrong solution. The gpio alarm signal should be handled
> >>by the fan controller driver.
> >
> >Hi Guenter,
> >
> >Sure it should, but unfortunately it is not the case. I have several
> >boards using this mechanism (ie: a separate fan alarm GPIO). I think the
> >idea was to reduce the board cost...
> >
> Well, yes, the driver for the fan controller chip needs to be updated
> to support interrupts.

This will not help for the boards I mentioned. As an attempt to reduce
the board cost, a fan with 2 wires has been used. This means we don't
have any tachymeter feedback and then the controller alarm mechanism
can't be used. Instead a kind of hardware hack allows to have a fan
alarm on a separate GPIO.

> >Then this means I need a way to support this alarm signal and I can't
> >find a better one than using gpio-fan. Note that this was possible with
> >the original gpio-fan implementation (before the DT binding addition).
> >
> That doesn't help.

Handle the GPIO fan alarm feature from the fan controller driver don't
look good either to me. This alarm mechanism is not a part of the fan
controller itself but rather something apart. Also I am afraid that the
result would really look like a hack.


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