[PATCH 2/5] ARM: bcm2835: Replace alt0/i2s_alt[02] with standard groups.

Eric Anholt eric at anholt.net
Thu Mar 3 14:28:58 PST 2016

Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> writes:

> On 02/26/2016 11:19 AM, Eric Anholt wrote:
>> Since all of these pins were documented, we can use their names to
>> explain what's going on.
>> diff --git a/arch/arm/boot/dts/bcm2835-rpi-a-plus.dts b/arch/arm/boot/dts/bcm2835-rpi-a-plus.dts
>>   &gpio {
>> +	pinctrl-0 = <&i2c0_gpio0
>> +		     &i2c1_gpio2
>> +		     &gpclk0_gpio4
>> +		     &gpclk1_gpio5
>> +		     &spi0_gpio7
>> +		     &pcm_gpio18
>> +		     &pwm0_gpio40
>> +		     &pwm1_gpio45
>> +		     &gpioout
>> +		     &alt3>;
>>   };
> Why not convert alt3 to the new scheme too?

(covered in the next patch)

> I think this configures too many pins, which in turn makes assumptions 
> about what those pins are used for that may not be valid.
> Recent RPi firmware configures almost all expansion connector GPIOs as 
> GPIO-in. This ensures that no matter what is connected to the expansion 
> connector, there can be no signal conflicts due to both the bcm283x and 
> some external device both attempting to drive the same pin. I believe 
> the default Linux pinmux should adopt the same approach, by simply not 
> configuring any expansion connector pins except those known to have a 
> 100% hard-coded usage. For example, the HAT I2C pins must only be used 
> for that purpose on the RPi, so even if the HW supported using them as 
> arbitrary GPIO or PWM or ..., we know they're actually I2C.
> So, I think this list should only include configuration for pins 
> connected to on-board devices, or expansion pins that have a 100% known 
> purpose.
> (I can't quite remember how many pins are being configured in the 
> upstream kernel's DT files at present; it's possible the complying with 
> this rule may involve removing some pinctrl settings that are currently 
> present to avoid conflicts. User-specific additions should come from DT 
> overlays or manual DT edits.)

If we want to improve on our default pin configurations, I'm into that,
but I think the first step is to get groups split up so it's clear what
we're doing with pins in the first place.  This patch is just a no-op
change to get the board files to use smaller groups for
enabling/disabling, and we should stack functional changes after that.
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