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    SubjectRe: [PWM v6 1/3] PWM: Implement a generic PWM framework

    On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Lars-Peter Clausen <> wrote:
    > I was thinking about an interface similar to gpio_to_irq. So you could map a
    > PWM device to a IRQ number and use the existing the existing genirq framework
    > to manage the callback handler.

    I really like this idea, though at the moment I don't see clearly how
    to implement it. I'm just a little rusty on those data structures,
    that's all.

    I'm going to pull all of the callback functionality out of the API,
    and will take it as a task to make something like this possible in a
    future update:

    struct pwm_device *p;
    request_irq(pwm_to_irq(p), my_pwm_callback, ...);

    > Maybe I'm on the wrong track here though. Could you explain what your expected
    > use case is for this part of the API? For example what would a driver using a
    > PWM device normally be doing in the handler it passed to the PWM device?

    Honestly, I'm not really sure how useful the callback functionality
    is. In fact, it's probably a bad idea to offer it because it allows
    someone to do pulse counting for things like stepper motors, and I'm
    already thinking about an API for that. Abusing a PWM to do pulse
    counting is pretty CPU-intensive.

    The only time end-of-period interrupts come up is when someone wants
    to do a coordinated stop i.e. doesn't want a short pulse. But that's
    really a concern for the driver, not users.

    So in the above where I said that I might put the callback-like
    functionality back into the API, actually I might not. :)

    Bill Gatliff

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