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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] fpga: add basic CARMA board support
On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 11:38:14AM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-09-08 at 09:41 -0700, Ira W. Snyder wrote:
> > This adds basic support for the system controller FPGA on the OVRO CARMA
> > board. This patch only adds infrastructure that will be used by later
> > drivers.
> Oh and another comment ...
> I'm not sure about drivers/fpga ... in the end, one would expect such a
> directory to contain stuff to manipulate FPGAs in the sense of
> downloading bitfiles, instanciating devices (device-tree manipulation ?)
> etc...
> From what I see in your code, the fact that these are FPGAs is almost
> irrelevant, you are providing support for "carma" devices, and such are
> no different than some other platform device, they just happen to be
> implemented as FPGAs. Or am I missing something ?

You are exactly right. They are just regular platform devices. One
devices does happen to be a bitfile downloading driver
(carma-fpga-program), but it does not create any generic infrastructure
for downloading bitfiles.

Regarding your earlier comment about the carma class: no, it isn't
necessary. I found it convenient to have everything related to this
hardware appear in /sys/class/carma/, nothing more. It just wasn't as
easy to remember something like:

I was thinking about changing the drivers from generic char devices into
misc devices instead. The sysfs interface would move from
/sys/class/carma/carma-fpga to /sys/class/misc/carma-fpga (for example),
but that is easy enough to remember.

Rather than putting the source code in drivers/fpga/carma, what about
drivers/misc/carma instead? I've already done that in my local tree, and
I'm much happier with the result.

Thanks for the comments.


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