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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] gpiolib: use chip->names for symlinks, always use gpioN for device names
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On Thu, 2009-12-10 at 20:13 -0800, David Brownell wrote:
> On Thursday 10 December 2009, Greg KH wrote:
> >
> > > IMO a "good" solution in this space needs to accept that
> > > those names are not going to be globally unique ... but
> > > that they'll be unique within some context, of necessity.
> > >
> > > If Greg doesn't want to see those names under classes,
> > > so be it ... but where should they then appear?
> >
> > As a sysfs file within the device directory called 'name'? Then just
> > grep through the tree to find the right device, that also handles
> > duplicates just fine, right?
>
> I want a concrete example. Those chip->names things don't
> seem helpful to me though...
>
> If for example I were building a JTAG adapter on Linux, it
> might consist of a spidev node (chardev) plus a handful of
> GPIOs. So "the device directory" would be the sysfs home
> of that spidev node (or some variant)? And inside that
> directory would be files named after various signals that
> are used as GPIOs ... maybe SRST, TRST, and DETECT to start
> with? Holding some cookie that gets mapped to those GPIO's
> sysfs entries?

If you've got a spidev node then you've got a dev to pass to
gpio_export_link, all's right with the world. I think the best thing
(which I think is what Greg was thinking) would be to
have /sys/class/gpio/gpioN/name which reads null unless the kernel has
registered a name against that gpio.

Now I don't like the chip->name thing as a way to hold these labels, I'd
prefer an IDR indexed by gpio number, but that's an implementation
detail for later.

A concrete use case: I've got a board here, the support patch for which
will hopefully appear in a few days. On it I've got an 8-bit uC which
does a bunch of I/O and on certain conditions, toggles gpio lines so a
userspace daemon knows what's going on. At the moment, I
have /sys/class/<board name>/ which exports things like revision
information as well as attributes telling me which gpio numbers are used
for which purpose. My scripts therefore look something like

echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio`cat /sys/class/<board-name>/ack-gpio`/value
I'm actually fairly happy with that but I don't pretend it's everyone's
cup of tea. The point is though, the microprocessor has no in-kernel
incarnation except these few gpio so there's no convenient dev node to
link the names through; gpio_export_link() isn't useful.

This problem could be solved as I have, but it could equally-well be
solved by exporting gpioN/name attributes which I could search for.

--Ben.



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