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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] gpio: support for GPIO forwarding
Ugh, Samuel actually Cc'd this time...

On 1/14/15 4:58 AM, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Heikki Krogerus
> <> wrote:
>> This makes it possible to assign GPIOs at runtime. The
>> motivation for it is because of need to forward GPIOs from
>> one device to an other. That feature may be useful for
>> example with some mfd devices, but initially it is needed
>> because on some Intel Braswell based ACPI platforms the GPIO
>> resources controlling signals of the USB PHY are given to
>> the controller device object for whatever reason, so the
>> driver of that controller needs be able to pass them to the
>> PHY device somehow.
>> So basically this is meant to allow patching of bad (bad
>> from Linux kernels point of view) hardware descriptions
>> provided by system fw in the drivers.
>> Signed-off-by: Heikki Krogerus <>
>> ---
>> Hi,
>> I'm sending this first as a RFC in case you guys have some better
>> idea how to solve our problem. I actually already have couple
>> platforms where the GPIO resources are given to the "wrong" device
>> objects now.
>> Originally we were thinking about simply handling our problem with
>> hacks to the PHY drivers, basically also checking if the parent has
>> GPIOs. That would only work if the controller is always the parent,
>> which it's not, but even if it was, it would be too risky. The PHY
>> drivers don't know which controller they are attached to, so what is
>> to say that the GPIOs aren't really attached to the controller.
>> So the safest way to handle our problem is to deal with it in quirks
>> in the controller drivers. Solving it by bouncing the GPIOs did not
>> feel ideal there doesn't seem to be any other way. The API is copied
>> from clkdev (clk_register_clkdev). In the end it's really only one
>> function for adding the lookups and one for removing them.
>> The way it's implemented is by modifying the current style of handling
>> the lookups a little bit. The per device lookup table is basically
>> reverted back to the single linked-list format since it seems that
>> these lookups may have to be assigned from several sources.
> Oh ain't that great.
> So now we start patching around the kernel because the ACPI
> tables are erroneous for GPIOs. I'd like some feedback from
> Rafael &| Darren on this patch, i.e. if you two think this is a good
> way of accounting for bad GPIO descriptions in ACPI tables then
> ACK this patch.
> I guess the other option would be to fix up the ACPI DSDT
> itself to put resources right, correct? Is this not possible?
> Alexandre also need to ACK it before I dare do anything with
> it.
> Do we want to use the same mechanism for augmenting
> bad device trees too?
> What I like about it so far is the create/remove symmetry
> though.
> Yours,
> Linus Walleij

Darren Hart
Intel Open Source Technology Center

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