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SubjectRe: [PATCH] pio: add arch specific gpio_is_valid() function
On 09/07/2010 04:19 PM, Eric Miao wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Ryan Mallon <> wrote:
>> On 09/07/2010 03:54 PM, Eric Miao wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Ryan Mallon <> wrote:
>>>> On 09/07/2010 02:23 PM, David Brownell wrote:
>>>>> Still not liking or accepting this proposed
>>>>> change to the GPIO framework.
>>>>> For the AT91 case (where integers 0..N are
>>>>> IRQs, but N..max are GPIOs)
>>>>> A simpler solution is just to use a bit in
>>>>> the integer to indicate IRQ vs GPIO. Like
>>>>> maybe the sign bit.. which is never set on
>>>>> valid GPIO numbers, but platforms could let
>>>>> be set on IRQs.
>>>> How about this approach instead?
>>> This doesn't solve the problem with more complicated settings, e.g.
>>> some GPIOs within are not valid, not just the begining ones.
>> Agreed, but this does solve the immediate problem for AT91 in a simple
>> way. Are there boards in the kernel which have holes in the gpio layout?
>> Another possible solution is to loop through all the gpio_chips to see
>> if the number maps to a valid gpio. The obvious downside to this
>> approach is that the complexity of gpio_is_valid becomes reasonably high
>> for something which should be a very simple test and, as you say below,
>> we probably just don't need that fine-grained information.
>>> So the real question here is the semantics of gpio_is_valid(). I'd
>>> personally incline it reads as if a GPIO _number_ is valid generally,
>>> (e.g. like -1 is not a valid GPIO number), instead of that specific
>>> GPIO is valid on that specific platform. The latter can be judged
>>> with gpio_request().
>> Some drivers in the kernel appear to be using this behaviour to have
>> optional gpios, ie setting the foo_gpio = -1 in the platform data for
>> some driver. The documentation also suggests that this is what
>> gpio_is_valid is intended for. However, the documentation also says we
>> may want gpio_is_valid to return invalid on some other numbers.
> Right. So I'd really like David to make the semantics clear. My intention
> is to keep gpio_is_valid() as simple as checking a general range to
> rule out most invalid cases. And just use gpio_request() to handle the
> platform specific cases.

Agreed. The intent of my patch was to keep gpio_is_valid simple, but add
a simple check for architectures where the base gpio is not zero. Will
wait and see what David has to say.


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