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SubjectRe: [alsa, pnp] more on opl3sa2
On Tue, 21 Jan 2003, Kai Germaschewski wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Jan 2003, Adam Belay wrote:
> > How does this sound...
> > 1.) detach pnp card service matching from the driver model, the driver model is
> > what is imposing this one card per driver limit.
> > 2.) create a special pnp_driver that handles cards and forwards driver model calls
> > to the pnp card services, we can use attach_driver to avoid matching problems.
> >
> > design goals for these changes should be as follows:
> > 1.) multiple drivers can bind to one card
> > 2.) pnp_attach, pnp_detach, and pnp status should be phased out and replaced with
> > the special card driver, in other words the driver model can take care of this.
> First of all I admit that I haven't been following closely, so I maybe way
> off.
> Anyway, the old ISAPnP used, AFAIR, struct pci_bus for the card and struct
> pci_device for the devices. So what's wrong with using the basically the
> same abstraction with the driver model, which has buses and devices as
> well. That means each device can have its own driver, and I suppose that
> should be good enough (as opposed to only one driver per card).
> But probably I'm missing something?

The structure is clear (devices & cards) but we need something like device
groups which contain subsets of devices per card. Actuall driver model
doesn't allow this directly, so we are looking for a way to implement


card -+-> audio1
+-> audio2
+-> IDE

If we have two card drivers (one for audio1 & audio2 and second for IDE)
then current code will fail, because only one PnP driver can be attached
to a card.


Jaroslav Kysela <>
Linux Kernel Sound Maintainer
ALSA Project, SuSE Labs

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