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Subject[PATCH V2 0/3] PNP: Allow PNP resources to be disabled (interface)
Hello everybody, 

this simple patch series continues the work begun in commit
18fd470a48396c8795ba7256c5973e92ffa25cb3 where ACPI PNP resource templates
with empty/disabled resources are handled.

The aim of this patch series is to allow to set resources as "disabled" using
the "/sys/bus/pnp/devices/*/resources" interface. Such "disabled" resources
are needed by some vintage IBM ThinkPads like the 600E where some devices need
to have their IRQs disabled in order to support all the devices the 600E has.

To better understand the motivation, let's look at an excerpt from the 600E's

Name (PLPT, ResourceTemplate ()
StartDependentFnNoPri ()
IO (Decode16, 0x03BC, 0x03BC, 0x01, 0x04)
IRQNoFlags () {7}
/* Some entries deleted */
StartDependentFnNoPri ()
IO (Decode16, 0x03BC, 0x03BC, 0x01, 0x04)
IRQNoFlags () {}
EndDependentFn ()

As one can see, the IRQ line for the second option is empty/disabled. Also,
both options share the same priority. In order to be able to use the IRQ 7 for
some other device, it is necessary to select the second option, which can be
done with the patch series applied.

To this end, some preparatory work is done, simplifying the code, and fixing a
potential issue when explicitely assigning resources.

Here's a brief description of these patches.

[1/3] - Factor out common some code
[2/3] - Perform the actual setting
[3/3] - Handle IORESOURCE_BITS in resource allocation

The patches are applied against Linux 3.3.x.

Comments are, as always, welcome.

Changes from previous versions:

V1 -> V2: Split [V1 2/3] into [V2 2/3] and [V2 3/3]
Removed [V1 3/3], will be submitted separately
Wrote more comments in response to the previous version
Sent to a broader audience

V1: Initial version (

--- Witold

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