[linux-sunxi] Re: [PATCH] ARM: dts: sun4i: Add dts file for the pov protab2-ips9 tablet

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Sat Oct 10 05:32:04 PDT 2015

Hi Maxime,

I wanted to discuss this with you at ELCE, but I forgot.

I still believe that just setting the regulator to always-on
is the best option, see the end of the quoted mail why I think
that the other options are not a good idea.

I would really like to see this resolved...

On 22-09-15 17:24, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
> On 22-09-15 17:02, Maxime Ripard wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 07:33:36PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>> Anyway. In both cases, the regulator really shouldn't be drifting
>>>> along like this.
>>> Right which is why I've added the always-on property.
>> Which is exactly what I meant by drifting along: that regulator will
>> never be associated to the i2c bus, and will always be enabled even
>> though the i2c bus might not even be accessible in the first place
>> (driver not selected, compiled as a module and not loaded yet), which
>> is just as bad.
>>>> If the i2c bus needs a regulator to be operationaly,
>>>> then we can just add an optional bus-supply property or something to
>>>> give that to the i2c driver so that it can enable it when needed.
>>> I agree that that would be sensible if this regulator were tied to
>>> the pull-ups, but I've my doubts that it is. We've not seen anything
>>> similar on any other allwinner tablet, other then ChenYu-s Ippo-q8-v5
>>> tablet.
>>> This tablet is sort of a high-end tablet (with a nice ips screen) and
>>> such it also uses a different (better) sensor for its frontcam, a
>>> gc2015 rather then the usual gc0308. I believe that this is the
>>> culprit.
>>> Which would make modelling this as some sort of i2c-bus power-supply
>>> wrong, and I've checked and none of the existing i2c bindings under
>>> Documentation/devicetree/bindings/i2c contain such a thing, so we
>>> would be the first and we will likely have a hard time selling a
>>> binding for this upstream, esp. since we do not know what exactly
>>> is going on.
>> Well, strictly speaking, it is a supply needed to get the bus to
>> work. We should really try to avoid having always-on for regulators,
>> especially for devices that are already represented in the DT.
>>> So all in all I strongly believe that just setting always-on
>>> on the regulator in question is the best solution.
>> It's a hack we can avoid.
> How? By adding a regulator property to the i2c controller node
> and then have the i2c controller driver enable this on probe ?
> This will make 0 difference in practice since any useful kernel
> config will always include the i2c controller as that is necessary
> to talk to the pmic which controls this regulator in the first place.
> Having some sort of regulator property in the i2c-controller node
> might be something worthwhile adding if we knew for sure that that
> is how things are wired up, but we simply do not know.
> I'm not going to submit a patch to the i2c bindings to add a
> regulator if I cannot explain exactly during review why it is
> needed.
> The way I see it this board has some kinda bug making that bus
> not work when the regulator in question is disabled, but we do
> not exactly why, so we workaround the bug by not disabling the
> regulator -> always-on.
> Making some $random-node increase the use-count of the regulator
> so that it does not get disabled seems not really helpful since
> we do not know where to put the regulator property.



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