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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/2] HWMON: add in-kernel interfaces to read sensor values.
On 11/14/2011 01:31 AM, MyungJoo Ham wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 5:46 AM, Ben Hutchings
> <> wrote:
>> On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 15:50 +0900, MyungJoo Ham wrote:
>>> We have been reading hwmon values (TMU, the SoC-core temperature sensor,
>>> and NTC, the ambient or battery surface temperature sensor) for
>>> Charger-Manager. However, because hwmon does not have in-kernel interface,
>>> we have been using undesired method, including "../../../fs/*.h".
>>> This patch is to provide in-kernel interface for hwmon:
>>> hwmon_get_value and hwmon_set_value. In order to use these two functions,
>>> the hwmon driver should provide its sysfs attributes to hwmon framework
>>> as well. If the hwmon driver does not provide (by providing NULL), the users
>>> of the hwmon won't be able to use hwmon_get/set_value();
>>> The sysfs attribute (struct attribuyte_group *) is provided with
>>> hwmon_device_register; adding the second parameter to hwmon_device_register().
>>> The 2/2 patch shows the changes in device drivers due to this.
>> [...]
>> This is an improvement, but I don't think it is quite enough. As I
>> understand the hwmon sysfs interface, all sensor values should be
>> integers. So the in-kernel interface should also work with integers,
>> not strings.
>> As a first implementation you could perhaps parse the strings back to
>> integers. However in the longer term the driver API should be changed
>> so that hwmon drivers fully describe their sensors to the core and the
>> core takes care of exposing them through sysfs and the in-kernel API.
> I agree.
> I'll let it the in-kernel interfaces provide integer value although it will
> simply parse strings as you've addressed until we have some other
> interfaces for sysfs entries in hwmon device drivers.
To throw another option into the mix, you could make it an IIO driver
and sit hwmon on top of that (there is already a simple driver for
doing this) - IIO has in kernel interfaces of the type
you want. Not everything is there yet though.


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