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SubjectRE: sysfs and power management


>-----Original Message-----
>From: ext Alan Cox [mailto:alan@linux.intel.com]
>Sent: 03 November, 2010 11:45
>To: Greg KH
>Cc: Onkalo Samu.P (Nokia-MS/Tampere); ext Henrique de Moraes Holschuh;
>Alan Cox; akpm@linux-foundation.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
>Subject: Re: sysfs and power management
>
>On Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:07:40 -0700
>Greg KH <gregkh@suse.de> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Nov 01, 2010 at 04:57:01PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
>> > > I took a look to that. It seems that iio is more or less sysfs
>> > > based. There are ring buffers and event device which are chardev
>> > > based but still the data outside ring buffer and the control is
>> > > sysfs based.
>> >
>> > IIO is sysfs dependant, heavyweight and makes no sense for some of
>> > the sysfs based drivers. IIO is also staging based and Linus
>> > already threw out the last attempt to unify these drivers sanely
>> > with an ALS layer - which was smaller, cleaner and better !
>>
>> I think we need to revisit this issue again, before iio is merged to
>> the main kernel tree. I've been totally ignoring the iio user/kernel
>> api at the moment, waiting for things to settle down there
>
>Actually I think there is another way to do it cleanly
>
>Keep a flag per device (or per runtime pm struct of device)
>
>And on the open/close do
>
> if (runtime_pm on device && device has SYSFS_PM set)
> pm_runtime_foo
>
>so that devices that need to be powered up to handle sysfs requests can
>set a single flag and just work.

That is one quite clean way.
sysfs_ops still needs function pointer to device core function which does pm_runtime
calls.
And there is one drawback. Driver doesn't know about new users after the first one.
It may want to refresh results whenever a new user appears. But that is probably not
a big issue.

-Samu








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