[PATCH 2/3] ARM: bcm2835: Add the Raspberry Pi firmware driver

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Tue May 12 15:08:23 PDT 2015

On 05/12/2015 11:46 AM, Eric Anholt wrote:
> Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> writes:
>> On 04/29/15 11:51, Eric Anholt wrote:
>>> Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> writes:
>>>> On 04/27/2015 05:14 PM, Eric Anholt wrote:
>>>>> This gives us a function for making mailbox property channel requests
>>>>> of the firmware, and uses it to control the 3 power domains provided
>>>>> by the firmware.
>>>>> diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-bcm/raspberrypi-firmware.c b/arch/arm/mach-bcm/raspberrypi-firmware.c
>>>>> +/*
>>>>> + * Submits a set of concatenated tags to the VPU firmware through the
>>>>> + * mailbox property interface.
>>>>> + *
>>>>> + * The buffer header and the ending tag are added by this function and
>>>>> + * don't need to be supplied, just the actual tags for your operation.
>>>>> + * See struct raspberrypi_firmware_property_tag_header for the per-tag structure.
>>>>> + */
>>>>> +int raspberrypi_firmware_property(void *data, size_t tag_size)
>>>>> +{
>>>>> +	size_t size = tag_size + 12;
>>>>> +	u32 *buf;
>>>>> +	dma_addr_t bus_addr;
>>>>> +	int ret = 0;
>>>>> +
>>>>> +	if (!firmware)
>>>>> +		return -EPROBE_DEFER;
>>>> I think it'd make more sense if the clients looked up the firmware
>>>> driver via phandle at their probe time. This would mean:
>>>> * No need for global "firmware", since clients could pass the firmware
>>>> driver handle into this function.
>>>> * Clients resolve deferred probe at their probe time. That way, they
>>>> won't register themselves with subsystems asserting they can provide
>>>> services, but find out they can't yet provide the service at that time.
>>> The one client so far (vc4) was resolving deferred probe at its probe
>>> time, but not taking a reference on the firmware driver.  I figure I'll
>>> have it do the phandle lookup and refcount -- do you still want the
>>> struct platform_device passed in here?  If we de-global firmware, it's
>>> going to mean some faffing in the power domain side of things to find
>>> the device again, it seems.
>> I think I'd expect the API in the firmware driver to require the client
>> to pass the client DT node pointer plus a property name, and do all the
>> lookup itself. That's what most DT resource lookup APIs in the kernel do
>> now.
> I've made this change, but it's not great -- the client has to know some
> details of how this driver is structured (that it sets the drvdata) in
> order to figure out whether the driver is loaded or not and return
> -EPROBE_DEFERRED.  I couldn't find any other existing solutions than
> that in the tree.

The client shouldn't need to know that.

I'd expect the client to pass a DT node pointer to the provider's 
driver, and that provider driver would know and isolate all the details 
about its own internals. The provider could return some kind of 
handler/... to the provider device if required.

I would expect any subsystem that supports client->provider references 
in DT would have an example of this (e.g. IRQs, GPIOs, regulators, ...). 
However, the code for those can be rather complex to dive into for the 
first time. For a fairly simple standalone example, check out:


(called from tegra_smmu_probe() in the same file)

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