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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2] regmap: smbus: add support for regmap over smbus
On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 09:18:11PM +0200, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
> On 04/15/2014 06:46 PM, Mark Brown wrote:

> >Please note what I said about convenience - if lots of devices have
> >exactly the same set of constraints to set up it's possible sensible to
> >have a standard way of specifying them. It's going to be a bit easier
> >to just say it's smbus than to remember exactly what that means.

> Maybe, but the only shared constraint is reg_bits = 8 (and if it is pure
> smbus use_single_rw = true).

I thought there was some other stuff at the edge of the protocol, though
perhaps I misremember. We do also have the thing with implementing the
bulk write differently.

> It's a bit of an exotic case, there seem to be only two I2C controller
> drivers in the Linux kernel that have support for both raw I2C and native
> SMBus and neither of them don't seem to be fairly recent (i2c-powermac.c and
> i2c-pasemi.c). And on the other hand most devices are SMBus compatible have

Blackfin was another - I didn't look that far to be honest since the
first few that I found did it.

> extensions like being able to write/read multiple register in one transfer
> if raw I2C access is available, which is something we want to make use of if
> available.

Sure, if the device supports it.

> And the other thing to consider is that a client driver currently has no way
> to query whether the controller driver supports native SMBus or only
> emulated SMBus. This is surely something that can be added to the I2C core,
> but this is necessarily something that we require before any SMBus support
> is added to regmap.

Right, that'll take a couple of minutes though.

> So in conclusion I think the best way forward is to create a patch that
> checks if native I2C is available, and if not falls back to either
> SMBUS_{WRITE,READ}_BYTE or SMBUS_{WRITE,READ}_WORD operations (Depending on
> whether val_bits is 8 or 16). Such a patch, I think, has the most effect for
> the least amount of work since it is rather simple and self contained and
> allows all devices which are SMBus compatible to be used with SMBus-only
> controllers. Everything else discussed in this thread (optimizations for
> special cases, convince helpers) can then be implemented on top of that.

Indeed, like I've been saying there's several orthogonal things going on
here and that's one of them.
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