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    SubjectRE: [PATCH] arm/dt: tegra devicetree support
    Grant Likely wrote at Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:32 PM:
    > On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 05:03:55PM +0100, Mark Brown wrote:
    > > On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 08:37:19AM -0700, Stephen Warren wrote:
    > > > Grant Likely wrote at Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:43 PM:
    > >
    > > > > + sound {
    > > > > + compatible = "nvidia,harmony-sound", "nvidia,tegra-wm8903";
    > >
    > > > I thought the sound bindings were still somewhat experimental and not
    > > > completely agreed upon. One issue I see is that Device Tree is
    > > > supposed to represent pure HW, rather than driver-required abstractions,
    > > > and at least the compatible name here is pretty Linux-driver-specific.
    > >
    > > The current decision is that the schematic for embedded audio hardware
    > > is sufficiently interesting to be considered hardware in its own right
    > > separately to the chips contained within it.
    > Correct. For complex composite devices like audio, it is completely
    > appropriate to have a root node that represents the entire complex and
    > how it is wired together.

    Sure, that makes sense.

    > The compatible property here definitely represents the hardware
    > because it reflects the sound infrastructure on the harmony board.

    I can see that argument for "nvidia,harmony-sound".

    But "nvidia,tegra-wm8903" is pretty generic; I can certainly see there
    being Tegra 20 systems that use a WM8903 but are so different from either
    Harmony or anything supported by sound/soc/tegra/tegra_wm8903.c that the
    existing driver isn't applicable. And hence, there may be a different
    ASoC driver for such board(s), and hence choosing such a generic name as
    "tegra-wm8903" for Harmony/Seaboard's audio layout seems like it might
    cause problems in the future.

    I'm fine with such a generic name for the platform driver, since that name
    can fairly easily be modified just by editing the driver and the board file.
    But since *.dts files are at least logically separate from the kernel, such
    naming future-proofing is a little more important.


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