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    SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 0/3] Implement refcounting for OF GPIO chips
    On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 2:40 AM, Michal Simek <> wrote:
    > Anton Vorontsov wrote:
    >> Hi all,
    >> OF GPIO infrastructure is using dynamic GPIO bases, so it is possible
    >> that of_get_gpio()'s returned GPIO number will be no longer valid, or
    >> worse, it may point to an unexpected GPIO controller.
    >> This scenario is possible:
    >> driver A:               driver B:              driver C:
    >> ---------               ---------              ---------
    >>                        gpiochip_add()
    >> gpio = of_get_gpio()
    >>                        gpiochip_remove()
    >>                                               gpiochip_add()
    >> gpio_request(gpio);
    >> gpio_set_value(gpio);
    >> That is, driver A assumes that it is working with GPIO from driver B,
    >> but in practice it may disappear and driver C will take its GPIO base
    >> number, so it will provide the same GPIO numbers.
    >> The above situation is hard to trigger, but the issue is there
    >> nonetheless, and so needs fixing.
    > I tested xilinx gpio driver, heartbeat trigger and access through sysfs and
    > I haven't found any problem. There is only small part of code for Microblaze
    > and it is the same with PowerPC. If is Ben OK with it, I am ok too.

    I'm not convinced the changes take the best approach, so I'm not okay
    with it yet.


    Grant Likely, B.Sc., P.Eng.
    Secret Lab Technologies Ltd.
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