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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] uio/pdrv_genirq: Add OF support
On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 6:37 AM, John Williams
<> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM, Grant Likely <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 11:58:25AM +1000, John Williams wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 2:06 AM, Wolfram Sang <> wrote:
>>> > Hi,
>>> >
>>> >> For example with "uio" compatible string:
>>> >> static const struct of_device_id __devinitconst uio_of_genirq_match[] = {
>>> >>       { .compatible = "uio", },
>>> >>       { /* empty for now */ },
>>> >> };
>>> >
>>> > Please use a proper example with "vendor,device".
>>> > (And after that it won't be empty anymore)
>>> My vote is, and always has been 'generic-uio' :)
>>> Putting some random vendor/device string in there is just nuts. Do you
>>> really want a kernel patch every time some one binds their device to
>>> it?
>>> Or, is there no expectation that anybody would attempt to merge such a
>>> pointless patch to begin with?
>>> As we discussed at ELC, putting a real vendor/device in there is also
>>> broken because all instances in the system wil bind to the generic
>>> uio, which is not necessarily what is desired.
>>> I know the arguments against the 'generic-uio' tag, but come on, let's
>>> look at the lesser of two evils here!  I call BS on this DTS purity.
>> Call it what you like, but the reasons are well founded.  The alternative
>> that has been proposed which I am in agreement with is to investigate
>> giving userspace the hook to tell the kernel at runtime which devices
>> should be picked up by the uio driver.
> OK, so let's talk about this interface.  As I see it, it must be able
> to handle bind per-instance, not per compatibility.
> For example, we make systems with multiple, identical timers.  One
> will be used as the system timer, the others need to be (optionally)
> bound to generic UIO.
> Therefore, it's not OK to just do
> echo "vendor,device" >> /sys/class/something/generic-uio/compatlist
> or whatever, as this would bind all instances matching vendor,device.
> So, the question I have is, how to handle bind per-instance?

By manipulating a property on the device instance of course! :-)

Something like: echo "generic-uio" >>

>> In the mean time, explicitly modifying the match table is an okay
>> compromise.
> My mind is still boggling that in this day and age it could possibly
> be preferred to modify code, instead of a data structure.  However,
> clearly this is a lost cause!

I don't think anybody wants this as a long term solution. It is
merely a stop-gap so that development is not stalled while working out
a real interface.

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