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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 02/10] pinctrl: mvebu: dove pinctrl driver
On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 04:11:16PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 05:02:49PM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> > Nowadays I would do the above with regmap_update_bits().

> > Mutual exclusion for read-modify-write of individual bits in a
> > register is one of those cases where doing a regmap over
> > a memory-mapped register range makes a lot of sense.
> > (drivers/mfd/syscon.c being a nice example)

> So, for that solution we need to have some kind of global regmap per
> register or somesuch. Then you run into regmap needing a struct
> device - well, with a shared register, which struct device do you
> use, or do you have to invent one?

> That sounds more heavy-weight than is really necessary.

Yes, regmap is far too heavyweight for a lot of these things - it
shouldn't really go in performance critical at the CPU level paths, it's
designed around things where I/O costs are considerable and worth
avoiding.

I do think that this is a very good idea - with the I2C/SPI drivers I
was reviewing prior to regmap there were always just far too many simple
bugs with read/modify/write cycles so factoring out the code really
helped with review.
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