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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 3/5] dt-bindings: sdhci-omap: Add bindings for the sdhci-omap controller
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Hi,

On Tuesday 29 August 2017 11:09 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> * Rob Herring <robh@kernel.org> [170829 10:09]:
>> On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 06:58:23AM -0700, Tony Lindgren wrote:
>>> * Sebastian Reichel <sebastian.reichel@collabora.co.uk> [170829 04:51]:
>>>> I would expect the conversion to look like the one done for UART,
>>>> see CONFIG_SERIAL_OMAP vs CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_OMAP. Both use the
>>>> same compatible value and you can choose using kernel configuration.
>>>
>>> That does not work unfortunately :( We are now stuck in a situation
>>> where two drivers are attempting to probe with the same compatible
>>> and we can't enable 8250_OMAP because of the user space breakage
>>> with the device names. And I'm actuallly thinking we should add a
>>> new compatible for 8250-omap to be able to start enabling it one
>>> board at a time.
>>
>> Is that the only problem? Presumably, the SD driver doesn't have a
>> userspace facing issue.
>
> No userspace issue with the sdhci-omap. But the sdhci-omap driver
> still has the issue of trying enable it for everything at once and
> expect everything to work. The sdhci-omap driver can already be
> used for boards that don't need power management for example, but
> will break things for devices running on batteries.
>
>>> It's best to enable devices to use the new compatible as things are
>>> tested rather than hope for some magic "flag day" flip that might
>>> never happen. Having two days attempting to probe with the same
>>> binding just won't work.
>>
>> Aren't you just picking whether the flag day is in DT or the kernel? I
>> guess you're assuming one kernel build and it would be switching all
>> boards at one.
>
> Right, this would be risky and would take unnecessarily long
> to use the new driver on boards that can already use it. While
> power management won't work yet, I'd expect the sdhci-omap be
> faster on SoCs that can do ADMA.
>
>>> So yeah, I agree with Kishon that we should stick with generic
>>> and sdhci bindings. And then we can start already using it for
>>> boards that can use it, then eventually when we're ready, start
>>> parsing also the legacy bindings and maybe drop the old driver.
>>
>> I assume there are some other common properties you would switch to in
>> the transition? You could make the legacy driver bail from probe based
>> on presence or absence of other properties. Or you could just blacklist
>> converted platforms in the legacy driver. The point is that the problems
>> are solvable in the kernel.
>
> Yes this could be done too. But let's enable it on per-board
> basis rather than attempt to flip it on at once.
>
>> But if your really want a new compatible, I don't really care. It's
>> only one device.
>
> Both a new compatible or a check for some resource work just fine
> for me as long as the driver can be selected on per-board basis.

New compatible sounds simpler to me since it allows to select a driver per-MMC
instance. (SDIO support is not added/validated in sdhci-omap).

To summarize, we'll create new compatible and new bindings for sdhci-omap and
start enabling sdhci-omap on per-board basis. When all the TI platforms starts
to use sdhci-omap, omap-hsmmc will be removed at which point support for old
compatible and old dt bindings will be added to sdhci-omap.c. Does this sound
reasonable?

Thanks
Kishon

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