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SubjectRe: [PATCH] gpiolib: allow poll on gpio value
On Friday 05 June 2009, Ben Nizette wrote:
> Hey, good stuff Daniel. There's a fair few common features missing but
> they can be added at a later date.
> - Ability to honour rising and falling filters even if the hardware only
> supports both-edge (as lots of gpio interrupts do)

I suspect that's inadvisable. Userspace code will need to know
what trigger model it's using, yes? Lies are doubleplusungood.

> - Support for polling the gpio at some interval for gpios which don't
> support irqs at all

I had that thought. Units ... seconds? Milliseconds mapped to HZ?
Could come later.

> - Debounce support

Software? Hardware capabilties vary *widely* ... three cases that
come quickly to mind: (a) twl4030 fixed 30 msec delays, (b) at91
and avr32 "deglitch" filter, just syncs to a clock that's likely
from 30-100 MHz, (c) omap2/omap3, up to 255 cycles of 32 KiHz clock
but appplies entire GPIO banks, (d) DaVinci, no hardware support.

I can imagine a standard software filter option, but that would
need to be a separate sysfs mechanism since it wouldn't always
be desired. (And separate patch, if needed.)

For hardware options ... do that by hardware-specific sysfs hooks
if they're really needed.

> - Reporting of number of changes since last read

Feels a more than bit overkilled by now. ;)

> These are all things which exist in many out-of-tree or
> platform-specific implementations of this kind of thing and until
> they're there I reckon people will largely stick with what they've got.
> But that's really their problem of course, this is still valuable.
> Regarding the code itself, not much but:
> On Fri, 2009-06-05 at 16:36 +0200, Daniel Glöckner wrote:
> >
> > + "poll_edge" ... reads as either "none", "rising", "falling", or
> IMO this is misleading, sounds like you're polling the gpio.

So, just name the sysfs attribute "edge"?

> > +
> > + struct sysfs_dirent *value_sd;
> > };
> No CONFIG_ option to turn all this off?
> What's the .text and .data impact of this? Sure it's going to be small,
> but to some people (especially those likely to care about gpio) 1k
> of .data is something worth being able to turn off.

I think it's probably OK to have this covered by the current

> Using an IDR keyed to the gpio value and just allocating your useful
> data structures when poll_edge != "none" would help too.

Can do that without an IDR, I think...

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