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    SubjectRe: [RFC 2.6.27 1/1] gpiolib: add support for batch set of pins
    On Wednesday 26 November 2008, Jaya Kumar wrote:
    > On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 4:09 AM, Paulius Zaleckas wrote:
    > > Jaya Kumar wrote:
    > >> void (*set)(struct gpio_chip *chip,
    > >> unsigned offset, int value);
    > >> + void (*set_bus)(struct gpio_chip *chip,
    > >> + unsigned offset, int values,
    > >
    > > I think values should be unsigned
    > Okay, can do but it is unusual no?

    For bitmasks, anything except "unsigned long" is unusual.
    In fact, <linux/bitmask.h> uses them in arrays...

    If this goes through, I suspect it would be fair to expect
    a gpio_chip to work with only one word at at time. SOC based
    GPIO controllers stick to their natural word sizes (32 or 16
    bits in most cases), in arrays, and I've yet to come across
    external controllers that are any different. So passing in
    arrays of "unsigned long" would seem to be overkill.

    However, "set_bus" is seems misleading to me: "set" because
    it makes me think it's writing to the set_bits register,
    which won't clear things; "bus" because this is doing ganged
    operations, which aren't only for busses ... and in fact a
    bus operation probably needs multiple ganged operations,
    e.g. first write the address, handshake, then write data and
    handshake again.

    Maybe words like "assign" and "bitmask" would get past those
    particular issues... though I don't hugely like "assign".

    In terms of low level primitives, I've already commented
    that the "read" side is missing. An additional issue came
    to mind: the policy of using contiguous bits should not
    be mandated here. It doesn't need to be, either ... just
    pass a mask of valid bits, along with a mask of values.

    > since set uses int value, i figured set_bus should be similar right?

    It doesn't take a bitmask; that's a single zero/nonzero value,
    for which the sign (bit) is irrelevant. It's signed mostly to
    distinguish the two parameters by type, so it's less easy to
    confuse them; sometimes the compiler will point out goofage.
    (Plus, the offsets can ever be negative.)

    - Dave

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