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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] hwmon: Driver for SMM665 Six-Channel Active DC Output Controller/Monitor
On Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:56:53 -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> [...]
> > > + /*
> > > + * Algorithm for reading ADC, per SMM665 datasheet
> > > + *
> > > + * {[S][addr][W][Ack]} {[offset][Ack]} {[S][addr][R][Nack]}
> > > + * [wait 70 uS]
> > > + * {[S][addr][R][Ack]} {[datahi][Ack]} {[datalo][Ack][P]}
> > > + *
> > > + * To implement the first part of this exchange,
> > > + * do a full read transaction and expect a failure/Nack.
> > > + * This sets up the address pointer on the SMM665
> > > + * and starts the ADC conversion.
> > > + * Then do a two-byte read transaction.
> > > + */
> > Is there no better way of handling this? There are protocol mangling hacks
> > to tell the i2c core to ignore a NAKs under some circumstances.

This is only available on raw I2C messages, not on the higher-level
i2c_smbus_*() API. And not all bus drivers support it. And that's not
what is needed here anyway: ignoring the nack means we would continue
reading from the chip, while it really doesn't want to talk to us at
that time.

> > > + rv = i2c_smbus_read_byte_data(client, adc << 3);
> > > + if (rv >= 0) {

You should check for -ENXIO explicitly. According to
Documentation/i2c/fault-codes, this is the value bus drivers should
return on missing Ack.

> > > + /* No error, something is wrong. Retry. */
> > > + rv = -1;
> > > + continue;
> > > + }
>
> I looked through the core i2c code, but did not find anything I can
> use.
>
> Problem is that per smm665 specification, the first NACK is expected. So
> we do not just want to ignore this NACK, we want to actively check if
> the command "failed" as expected, and report an error if it did _not_
> fail.

Do you really have to trigger the Nack for the ADC conversion to start?
Can't you just use i2c_smbus_read_byte() (no _data) for the first part
of the transaction?

--
Jean Delvare


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