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    SubjectRE: [PATCH] gpiolib: introduce for_each_gpio_in_chip macro
    On Friday, September 18, 2009 5:03 PM, Jaya Kumar wrote:
    > On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Ben Nizette <> wrote:
    >> On Tue, 2009-08-04 at 20:48 -0400, H Hartley Sweeten wrote:
    >>> For the record. The reason I sent this is I'm trying to work out an
    >>> extension to gpiolib that adds gpio_port_* access to the API.  Most
    >>> of the gpiolib drivers already the necessary logic since the raw I/O
    >>> is performed on the entire 'chip'.  The API just needs the extensions
    >>> added to request/free the port, set the direction and get/set the value.
    >>> Is this a worthwhile addition?
    >> Plenty of people seem to think so.  Personally I haven't seen a great
    >> use case except "'coz I can", but if you've got one I'd love to hear.
    > Yes, you're right that there has been no major demand for it. There
    > are (luckily?) only a moderate number of devices that are using gpio
    > as their parallel bus interface. I've been supporting the batch-gpio
    > patchset below out-of-the-tree because it has come in handy with a few
    > e-paper display controllers and LCD 8080-IO that I've been developing
    > with.

    With the abundant number of GPIO's available on many of the ARM chips it
    seemed to me a "port" extension would be worthwhile. It would allow a
    side-band bus from the chip to access low-speed devices like a character
    LCD as an example.

    >> Have you seen ?  Donno what ended up
    >> happening to that patchset..
    > I didn't pursue it further and have maintained it out-of-tree. I felt
    > that David had concerns about the API I implemented so it was unlikely
    > to get merged and I didn't have the motivation to implement another.
    > :-)

    Hmm.. That patchset is a lot different than what I was thinking of. Your
    patch allows a variable width to the number of gpio's in the "port". But
    it also still gets/sets the "port" by individual bit accesses to the
    gpio_chip. By doing this I don't see how you could get a performance

    The extension I was working on just allowed accessing the native width
    of the gpio chip. Most of the gpiolib drivers read/write the bits in a
    native width, the individual gpio pin is masked in/out. My patch just
    allows access to the raw data without masking anything.

    Take the .get method in pca953x.c driver as an example.

    static int pca953x_gpio_get_value(struct gpio_chip *gc, unsigned off)
    struct pca953x_chip *chip;
    uint16_t reg_val;
    int ret;

    chip = container_of(gc, struct pca953x_chip, gpio_chip);

    ret = pca953x_read_reg(chip, PCA953X_INPUT, &reg_val);
    if (ret < 0) {
    /* NOTE: diagnostic already emitted; that's all we should
    * do unless gpio_*_value_cansleep() calls become different
    * from their nonsleeping siblings (and report faults).
    return 0;

    return (reg_val & (1u << off)) ? 1 : 0;

    The native width of the device is either 8 or 16 bits. To get a gpio value
    all of the bits are read then the desired gpio is masked out.

    My thought was to just add the following methods to struct gpio_chip:

    int (*port_direction_input)(struct gpio_chip *chip);
    unsigned int (*port_get)(struct gpio_chip *chip);
    int (*port_direction_output)(struct gpio_chip *chip, unsigned int value);
    void (*port_set)(struct gpio_chip *chip, unsigned int value);

    I basically stopped working on this after Ben's comment and getting
    no other feedback. If this appears useful I can look at it again.

    > Thanks,
    > jaya
    > ps: I'm in Portland for the festival of linux conferences this week
    > and would be happy to work on this/discuss alternate APIs if it is of
    > interest.

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