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SubjectMFD cell structure and sharing of resources
Hi Samuel,

I'm hoping you can give us your opinion on a design challenge we are facing.
You recently merged Andres's recent patches to convert cs5536 to a
MFD, with GPIO and MFGPT now as mfd cells.

We also have the olpc-xo1 driver specific to a specific laptop model,
providing power management functions, and this needs to use the cs5536
resources "acpi" and "pms".

At the same time, we are working on other improvements to olpc-xo1
(adding suspend/resume support). Due to review comments we are going
to rename this to olpc-xo1-pm and make it builtin only.

Then we are going to add a new driver, perhaps named olpc-xo1-sci,
which deals with things like power button input device, lid switch,
etc. This driver needs to use the "cs5536-acpi" resource which is also
used by olpc-xo1-pm.

So the question is: how can 2 drivers share this MFD resource?

We do not want to merge olpc-xo1-sci and olpc-xo1-pm, because
olpc-xo1-pm can only be builtin (but thankfully is small), and
olpc-xo1-sci will become a bit more bloated and we'd like to make that
modular (in the interests of generic distros).

A few options that spring to mind:

1. Adjust the list of mfd cells in drivers/mfd/cs5535-mfd so that
rather than being a list of resources, it is a list of drivers that
rely on the mfd driver. The entries would be: gpio, mfgpt,
olpc-xo1-pm, olpc-xo1-sci. olpc-xo1-pm would have the 2 resources it
needs (pms & acpi), and the acpi resource would be duplicated into
olpc-xo1-sci too.

We'd then add a machine_is_olpc() check inside cs5535-mfd so that the
OLPC-specific cells are only passed to mfd_add_devices on OLPC

2. Continue with Andres' olpc-xo1-pm patch that makes that driver act
as a driver for both acpi & pms. When both resources are available, it
could probe an olpc-xo1-sci platform device as a child of itself,
having the ACPI resource shared on the platform_device level (similar
to how MFD shares resources via cells).

3. For olpc-xo1-pm and olpc-xo1-sci, forget about hooking into MFD and
go back to the route of looking for the appropriate device on the PCI
bus and accessing the regions that way.



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