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SubjectRe: [RFC 9/9] of/irq: create interrupts-extended property
On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 09:47:44PM +0000, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 10/27/2013 07:46 AM, Grant Likely wrote:
> > On Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:39:23 +0100, Grant Likely <> wrote:
> >> The standard interrupts property in device tree can only handle
> >> interrupts coming from a single interrupt parent. If a device is wired
> >> to multiple interrupt controllers, then it needs to be attached to a
> >> node with an interrupt-map property to demux the interrupt specifiers
> >> which is confusing. It would be a lot easier if there was a form of the
> >> interrupts property that allows for a separate interrupt phandle for
> >> each interrupt specifier.
> >>
> >> This patch does exactly that by creating a new interrupts-extended
> >> property which reuses the phandle+arguments pattern used by GPIOs and
> >> other core bindings.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Grant Likely <>
> >> Cc: Rob Herring <>
> >
> > Alright, I want to merge this one. I've got an Ack from Tony, general
> > agreement from an in person converstaion from Ben (aside from wishing he
> > could think of a better property name), and various rumblings of
> > approval from anyone I talked to about it at ksummit. I'd like to have
> > something more that that to put into the commit text. Please take a look
> > and let me know if you agree/disagree with this binding.
> The new binding makes sense to me. So, the binding,
> Acked-by: Stephen Warren <>
> A couple of minor perhaps bikesheddy comments below.
> >> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/interrupt-controller/interrupts.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/interrupt-controller/interrupts.txt
> >> +Nodes that describe devices which generate interrupts must contain an either an
> >> +"interrupts" property or an "interrupts-extended" property. These properties
> "interrupts-ex" would be shorter, although I guess slightly harder to
> guess its purpose, unless you're familiar with "ex" in symbol names.

I'd prefer a more precise name. IMO "-extended" is preferable to "-ex".

> ...
> >> +A device node may contain either "interrupts" or "interrupts-extended", but not
> >> +both. If both properties are present, then the operating system should log an
> >> +error
> That sounds rather like prescribing SW behaviour, which I thought DT
> bindings shouldn't do?

I think recommending a behaviour relating to parsing is valid. Parsing notes in
bindings make it very easy to write an extensible binding. I think if we'd just
stated that having both properties was invalid you would not have a problem?

> >> and use only the data in "interrupts".
> ... so perhaps that's better phrased as:
> A device node may contain either "interrupts" or "interrupts-extended",
> but not both. If both properties are present, the data in "interrupts"
> takes precedence.

This sounds reasonable to me, but I'd definitely want the kernel to scream
(though I appreciate that's separate from the binding details).


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