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SubjectRe: (arm-)global platform device registration functions
Hello Arnd,

On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:03:31AM +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 29 December 2010 17:25:12 Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> > some time ago I started to dynamically allocate platform_devices for
> > arm/plat-mxc. For that purpose I added many functions, see
> > arch/arm/plat-mxc/include/mach/devices-common.h [1]. Now arm/arch-mxs
> > want to do the same, so I wonder if it would be sensible to do something
> > like this more globally (either for arm or better kernel global).
>
> Adding platform devices dynamically is definitely the right way forward
> for new platforms, as Greg explained recently. The imx_add_platform_device()
> function you have defined looks useful for this, and I guess it could
> be added globally, next to the existing platform_device_register_resndata,
imx_add_platform_device could be implemented as

platform_device_register_resndata(NULL, name, id, res, num_resources, data, size_data)

in next[1] the imx variant got support to handle a dmamask.

> platform_device_register_data and platform_device_register_simple functions
> that we already have doing similar things.
>
> I'm not convinced that the various wrappers you have on imx are the
> best solution, though I have not come up with anything better either ;-)
I came up with those because many machines (sharing the same SoC) share
the same devices.

> This will also get a lot easier once we have the ability to define
> devices in using dtc, because that takes care of the resources.
Well this is a matter of taste, I'm quite happy with the current
approach.

[1]
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/sfr/linux-next.git;a=blob;f=arch/arm/plat-mxc/devices.c;hb=e635401443d9d256a0bfd1ea7864ac56034c6dca
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