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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/53] Input: atmel_mxt_ts - Add memory access interface via sysfs
On Wed, Jun 05, 2013 at 09:31:39PM +0100, Nick Dyer wrote:
> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> >> We have made a deliberate choice to implement this via sysfs rather than
> >> debugfs since it needs to work on devices that don't have debugfs enabled.
> >
> > Then they will have to enable it. Re-implementing something because
> > someone might not enable needed subsystem is not a good idea. Let's
> > say somebody disabled I2C - will you write your own implementation because
> > of that? Of course not, you just say that for given functionality it
> > is a prerequisite.
>
> debugfs is a debug filesystem. This interface is useful for purposes which
> are not debug.

What other purposes does it serve? I'd expect you need it during new
board bringup.

> I have to be pragmatic: I don't see debugfs enabled on most
> shipping Android devices, and however much I tell them to enable debugfs
> doesn't seem to hold much weight.

You do not need to have debugfs enabled on shipping kernels, just the
ones you use for integration work.

>
> It's partly path dependence - it was implemented like this because regmap
> wasn't in mainline at the point when I wrote it. Having a dependency on
> regmap would now be a API break complicating support of customers using
> older kernels than mainline. I would also have to update a bunch of
> software and documentation and people to know about the two different APIs.
> The existing implementation already appears in shipping devices, so it is
> well tested.

This was never a good argument for introducing an interface into the
kernel.

>
> >> In addition, there are some quirks about the way in which we have to
> >> read/write registers which means regmap isn't a good fit.
> >
> > Could you please elaborate more on this?
>
> - the mxt chip caches the I2C read pointer, so you can get a performance
> optimisation by not sending the address on every read/write (I haven't
> implemented this yet but plan to)
> - the address pointer can wrap around when you read the T5 message
> processor, which would confuse regmap
> - we require I2C retries in some cases due to way the chip handles sleep states
> - I can't see how to map the object protocol (used on mxt chips) into the
> way regmap treats register ranges
>
> I can look into porting on top of regmap. But it seems a pity to pepper
> regmap with atmel_mxt_ts quirks just to save on three small functions in
> the driver.

This is not about saving 3 functions but rather the fact that individual
register access is desired by many parties and instead of each driver
implementing it's own solution (via a char device, sysfs, debugfs, etc)
we should try to standardize on common userspace interface.

Thanks.

--
Dmitry


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