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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] mailbox: Add support for ST's Mailbox IP
On Thu, 19 Mar 2015, Jassi Brar wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 8:56 PM, Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, 18 Mar 2015, Jassi Brar wrote:
>
> >> >> > + mbox->irq = irq_create_mapping(mbinst->irq_domain,
> >> >> > + mbox->rx_id);
> >> >> >
> >> >> simply assigning same IRQ to all controller DT nodes and using
> >> >> IRQF_SHARED for the common handler, wouldn't work?
> >> >
> >> > I do have intentions to simplify this driver somewhat, but that will
> >> > take some time as it will require a great deal of consultation and
> >> > testing from the ST side. This is the current internal implementation
> >> > which is used in the wild and has been fully tested. If you'll allow
> >> > me to conduct my adaptions subsequently we can have full history and a
> >> > possible reversion plan if anything untoward take place i.e. I mess
> >> > something up.
> >> >
> >> OK, but wouldn't that break the bindings of this driver when you
> >> eventually do that?
> >
> > That's going to happen regardless, since these bindings are already in
> > use internally. Mainline (i.e. v4.0+) isn't going to be used in
> > products for years to come, so we have a lot of time until any new
> > bindings become ABI.
> >
> I thought time starts from upstream. It doesn't seem right to
> knowingly introduce a binding that we are going to break in coming
> weeks. For this reason, it needs ACK from some DT maintainer.

Time starts from when binding comes out of active development mode and
becomes ABI. I can issue a statement in the binding document to say
that is in a state of flux if that makes you feel better about it.

Development bindings change all the time.

> >> >> > + * struct sti_mbox_msg - sti mailbox message description
> >> >> > + * @dsize: data payload size
> >> >> > + * @pdata: message data payload
> >> >> > + */
> >> >> > +struct sti_mbox_msg {
> >> >> > + u32 dsize;
> >> >> > + u8 *pdata;
> >> >> > +};
> >> >> >
> >> >> There isn't any client driver in this patchset to tell exactly, but it
> >> >> seems the header could be split into one shared between mailbox
> >> >> clients and provider and another internal to client/provider ?
> >> >
> >> > I believe only the above will be required by the client. Seems silly
> >> > to create a client specific header just for that, don't you think?
> >> >
> >> Do you mean to have copies of the structure in controller and client driver? :O
> >
> > I do not. I planned on sharing the main header with with client
> > also.
> >
> > But I guess by your reaction you suggest having a teeny client header
> > as the best way forward then.
> >
> Yes, please.

Roger red leader.

> And also no header that's included by exactly one file.

So you also want me to drag in all of the controller structs into the
driver?

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