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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] slimbus: Linux driver framework for SLIMbus.
>> 1. A simple potentially hotplugged device that registers itself to the
>> bus
>> can be automatically matched to the driver.
>> 2. A device tree representation for hardwired devices that require
>> something to happen in order to register to the bus (clock,
>> regulator,
>> ...).
>> 3. A hardcoded list of devices on a slimbus host for stuff that is known
>> to be there, e.g. on a PCI card that has its own driver and that
>> also need some special setup as in case 2.
>> I think in all three cases, we should identify the device by its EA and
>> match that to the device driver. We create the slim_device and register
>> it to the bus as soon as one of the three above is found, but in case 2
>> and 3, the driver is responsible for the device to actually become
>> active
>> on the bus before it's allowed to send any commands to it.
> Yes, I think that makes sense and it matches what we're doing with the
> other subsystems well. We should be able to make the drivers work with
> all cases. Probably the probe function should have a flag and/or query
> function to let the driver know if the device has actually appeared yet.

Thanks again everyone for your feedback.
I will make sure to use the fields of the 48-bit elemental address for
device-to-driver-matching and will try to incorporate hot-plug
capabilities for the device powering up without assistance from the
driver's probe function. Other cases discussed in the mixed-approach will
be supported as well.
Another suggestion about probe is having callback to notify when the
device is ready-to-use after driver probe powers it up. I will change the
framework accordingly to have this done.

>> For the device tree binding, I would suggest defining a slimbus bus to
>> have #address-cells=1, #size-cells=0 and just put the EA into the reg
>> property. This is enough for the host driver to add create a
>> slim_device and match a driver to it. The driver can access all the
>> properties from the device_node (or platform_data in case of statically
>> defined devices). When the physical device shows up on the bus, it is
>> automatically associated with the existing slim_device.
> Sounds reasonable I'd need to actually look at the specs again for the
> details.
I will try to incorporate device-tree binding in the framework and put it
up for review for more suggestions.


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