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SubjectRe: [RFC] gpio/omap: auto-setup a GPIO when used as an IRQ
On 09/23/2013 06:14 PM, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 09/22/2013 08:40 AM, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
>> To use a GPIO pin as an interrupt line, two previous configurations
>> have to be made:
>> a) Map the GPIO pin as an interrupt line into the Linux irq space
>> b) Enable the GPIO bank and configure the GPIO direction as input
>> Most GPIO/IRQ chip drivers just create a mapping for every single
>> GPIO pin with irq_create_mapping() on .probe so users usually can
>> assume a) and only have to do b) by using the following sequence:
>> gpio_request(gpio, "foo IRQ");
>> gpio_direction_input(gpio);
>> and then request a IRQ with:
>> irq = gpio_to_irq(gpio);
>> request_irq(irq, ...);
>> Some drivers know that their IRQ line is being driven by a GPIO
>> and use a similar sequence as the described above but others are
>> not aware or don't care wether their IRQ is a real line from an
>> interrupt controller or a GPIO pin acting as an IRQ.
>> ...
> I think that explanation is a bit like retro-actively implying that
> drivers /should/ be aware of whether their IRQ is a GPIO or not, and
> should be acting differently. However, they should not.

I know the patch description is rather verbose but since we have been discussing
this a lot and people have different opinions I wanted to explain some context
and the motivation for the patch.

> I would much rather see a simpler patch description along the lines of:
> The OMAP GPIO controller HW requires that a pin be configured in GPIO
> mode in order to operate as an interrupt input. Since drivers should not
> be aware of whether an interrupt pin is also a GPIO or not, the HW
> should be fully configured/enabled as an IRQ if a driver solely uses IRQ
> APIs such as request_irq, and never calls any GPIO-related APIs. As
> such, add the missing HW setup to the OMAP GPIO controller's irq_chip
> driver.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll use something like that when I do a proper post
as a PATCH and not RFC.

> The code change looks like it does what I would expect though.

Great, let's see what is the feedback from Santosh and Kevin about the
implementation since they are the maintainers of this driver.

I really hope we can find a solution to this long standing issue.

Thanks a lot and best regards,

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