[PATCH 3/4] ARM: multi_v7_defconfig: Enable Maxim 8997 family drivers

Krzysztof Kozlowski k.kozlowski at samsung.com
Tue Oct 13 06:18:51 PDT 2015

W dniu 13.10.2015 o 17:36, Javier Martinez Canillas pisze:
> Hello Krzysztof,
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 3:27 AM, Krzysztof Kozlowski
> <k.kozlowski at samsung.com> wrote:
>> Enable support for Maxim 8997 Multi Function Device present on Trats and
>> Origen boards by toggling on drivers: main MFD, charger, haptic motor,
>> regulator, LED and RTC.
>> This allows to test and usage of these boards with multi_v7 config.
>> Signed-off-by: Krzysztof Kozlowski <k.kozlowski at samsung.com>
>> ---
> [snip]
>>  CONFIG_MFD_MAX77686=y
>>  CONFIG_MFD_MAX77693=y
>>  CONFIG_MFD_MAX8907=y
>> +CONFIG_MFD_MAX8997=y
> Only slightly related with your patch but some of the MFD driver for
> PMICs used in Exynos boards (like MAX77686) have a tristate Kconfig
> symbol while others like this one have a boolean. Do you know if there
> are any restrictions w.r.t build this as module or is just an
> arbitrary decision? I'm asking since probably we should either allow
> this to build as a module or convert the others to boolean.

First, thanks for reviewing the patches.

As for the question, I wasn't involved in development of these older
drivers for older boards. I don't know their internals. AFAIK there were
no specific restrictions, except the usual:

1. Not all other drivers using resources provided by these, took the
reference to given resource (e.g. get regulator).

2. Not all consumer drivers supported deferred probe for given resource
(e.g. regulator, clock), see: "regulators: max77693: register driver
earlier to avoid deferred probe". In general USB gadget subsystem has
this issue. Actually the mentioned max77693 regulator driver should be
changed from tristate to built-in because of this.

I don't remember any other important issues so if you fix 1 and 2 then
this can be probably safely switched to modules. Of course after testing.

Best regards,

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