[PATCH 08/10] pwm: core: add pulse feature to the PWM framework

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 07:18:16 PST 2015

On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 10:32:39PM +0100, Olliver Schinagl wrote:
> From: Olliver Schinagl <oliver at schinagl.nl>
> Some hardware PWM's have the possibility to only send out one (or more)
> pulses. This can be quite a useful feature in case one wants or needs
> only a single pulse, but at the exact width.
> Additionally, if multiple pulses are possible, outputting a fixed amount
> of pulses can be useful for various timing specific purposes.

I see how theoretically this would be nice to have. But I'm reluctant to
merge this feature if there aren't any users. What drivers in the kernel
would want to use this feature? Are there new drivers being worked on
that will need this?

> A few new functions have been expanded or added for this new behavior.
> * pwm_config()	now takes an additional parameter to setup the number of
> 		pulses to output. The driver may force this to 0 or 1
> 		for if example if this feature is not or only partially
> 		supported

This is problematic because you need to atomically update all drivers
and users (the kbuild robot already told you that you didn't do this).
To make things easier I suggest you wait with this change until the
atomic PWM patches have been merged, at which point it should become a
lot easier to deal with this kind of extension.

> * pwm_[sg]et_pulse_count()	get or set the number of pulses the pwm
> 				framework is configured for
> * pwm_get_pulse_count_max()	get the maximum number of pulses the pwm
> 				driver supports
> * pwm_pulse()		Tell the PWM to emit a pre-configured number of pulses

Isn't this essentially the same as pwm_enable()? I'd think that if the
PWM is configured to output pulses, then pwm_enable() would simply do
what it's been configured to do (emit the pulses). Why the need for an
additional function?

> * pwm_pulse_done()	an internal function for drivers to call when
> 			they have completed their pre-configured number
> 			of pulses
> * pwm_is_pulsing()	tells the callers if the pwm is busy pulsing,
> 			yielding a little more information than just
> 			pwm_is_enabled()

Similarily, I'd think that once the PWM is done executing the series of
pulses that it was configured for it would be automatically disabled. A
consumer could then simply use pwm_is_enabled() and drivers could call
pwm_disable() on their PWM to mark them as disabled when they're done

> Signed-off-by: Olliver Schinagl <oliver at schinagl.nl>
> ---
>  drivers/pwm/core.c      | 30 +++++++++++++++++++----
>  drivers/pwm/pwm-gpio.c  |  3 ++-
>  drivers/pwm/pwm-sun4i.c |  3 ++-
>  drivers/pwm/sysfs.c     | 58 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
>  include/linux/pwm.h     | 64 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
>  5 files changed, 147 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/pwm/core.c b/drivers/pwm/core.c
> index 3f9df3e..e2c1c0a 100644
> --- a/drivers/pwm/core.c
> +++ b/drivers/pwm/core.c
> @@ -432,22 +432,29 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(pwm_free);
>   * @pwm: PWM device
>   * @duty_ns: "on" time (in nanoseconds)
>   * @period_ns: duration (in nanoseconds) of one cycle
> + * @pulse_count: number of pulses (periods) to output on pwm_pulse
>   *
>   * Returns: 0 on success or a negative error code on failure.
>   */
> -int pwm_config(struct pwm_device *pwm, int duty_ns, int period_ns)
> +int pwm_config(struct pwm_device *pwm, int duty_ns, int period_ns,
> +	       unsigned int pulse_count)

Like I said, this is problematic because every driver and every consumer
now needs to be aware of pulsing. Once the PWM atomic patches are merged
this will become easier to do because the pulse configuration would be a
part of the atomic state, and hence can be conveniently ignored by users
and driver alike.

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