[PATCH] nvmem: add explicit config option to read OF fixed cells

Martin Blumenstingl martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 22 13:14:55 PST 2023

Hello Rafał,

On Tue, Feb 21, 2023 at 11:29 PM Rafał Miłecki <zajec5 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am not familiar with the recent changes around dynamic cells.
> > Is there any discussion/summary that I can read to get up to speed?
> Some NVMEM devices don't store specific data at hardcoded offsets. For
> such devices we have drivers (to become: layouts) that parse their magic
> content. They discover cells and register them and provide matching with
> proper DT nodes.
> For bindings see:
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=084973e944bec21804f8afb0515b25434438699a
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=a607a850ba1fa966cbb035544c1588e24a6307df
> For example driver see:
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=6e977eaa8280e957b87904b536661550f2a6b3e8
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=207775f7e17b8fd0426a2ac4a5b81e4e1d71849e
> For usage see:
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=c8442f0fb09ca3d842b9b23d1d0650f649fd10f8
Thanks, that makes things clearer for me!

> > My main thought is: if there are many "fixed OF cells" implementations
> > and only a few "dynamic" ones - does it make sense to flip the logic
> > and introduce a new "use_dynamic_of_cells" flag instead?
> The problem is that there are more cases than just two. We can have:
> 1. No cells at all
> 2. Fixed cells in DT
> 3. Dynamic cells with references in DT
> 4. Driver specified cells (specified within config)
> 5. Cells defined in a global table
> So we need to reference DT cells explicitly (we can't just confirm /
> deny *dynamic* cells).
> Another solution would be to have "no_fixed_of_cells" but:
> 1. Personally I think negation is less clear / easy to follow
> 2. There may be actually more drivers with no fixed cells.
> I think I modified 18 drivers. It seems devm_nvmem_register() is
> referenced in 44 places. Few of them may be not actual users but it
> still seems to be about equal.
Thanks for this overview of all the special cases. Please add my:
Acked-by: Martin Blumenstingl <martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com>
for the following two drivers:
- drivers/nvmem/meson-efuse.c
- drivers/nvmem/meson-mx-efuse.c

Best regards,

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