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SubjectRe: Pinmux bindings proposal
* Shawn Guo <shawn.guo@linaro.org> [120118 05:57]:
> On 18 January 2012 22:13, Tony Lindgren <tony@atomide.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > * Grant Likely <grant.likely@secretlab.ca> [120116 09:55]:
> >> On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:39:42PM -0800, Stephen Warren wrote:
> >> >                 pinmux =
> >> >                         <"default" &pmx_sdhci_active>
> >> >                         <"suspend" &pmx_sdhci_suspend>;
> >> >
> >> >                 /* 1:n example: */
> >> >                 pinmux =
> >> >                         <"default" &pmx_sdhci_mux_a>
> >> >                         <"default" &pmx_sdhci_pincfg_a>
> >> >                         <"suspend" &pmx_sdhci_mux_a>
> >> >                         <"suspend" &pmx_sdhci_pincfg_a_suspend>;
> >>
> >>
> >> Yeah, don't do this.  Mixing phandle, string and cell values in a
> >> property gets messy and could become troublesome to parse.  I've
> >> backed away from it in the clk binding.
> >
> > Yup, that's because the string is embedded directly into the mixed
> > mode array and will likely make the following data unaligned. That
> > means it's extremely flakey to parse, and will lead into horrible
> > errors if you have typos in the .dts file.. Tried that and gave up
> > on it.
> >
> > I think I've found a way to avoid using names at all, assuming we set
> > each pin as a phandle for the drivers to use :)
> >
> The problem with doing that is we will have to represent each pin as a
> node in device tree. For imx6q case, we have 197 pins. Doing so will
> bloat the device tree.

Sure there's some overhead. I've got it working with 220 pins, it's
not too bad as threre's not much string parsing involved.

I don't have all the devices mapping the pins though. The .dtb for
omap4 is about 25k now.

If we wanted to avoid adding phandles for each pin, then we could do:

serial@0x48020000 {
compatible = "ti,8250";
reg = <0x48020000 0x100>;
reg-shift = <2>;
interrupts = <106>;

/* controller, offset, value */
pins = <&mux1 0xabcd 0x10
&mux1 0xabcf 0x0>;
};

But then the .dts file becomes an unreadable matrix unless we have
a preprocessor..

Regards,

Tony
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