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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] iio: sun4i-lradc: Add binding documentation
On 02/07/2016 at 13:45:18 +0200, Hans de Goede wrote :
> Hi,
>
> On 02-07-16 13:02, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> > On Sat, Jul 02, 2016 at 11:32:07AM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > On 02-07-16 11:12, Chen-Yu Tsai wrote:
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 5:00 AM, Alexandre Belloni
> > > > <alexandre.belloni@free-electrons.com> wrote:
> > > > > Document the bindings for the Allwinner LRADC.
> > > >
> > > > We already have Documentation/devicetree/bindings/input/sun4i-lradc-keys.txt
> > > > and I'm pretty sure Hans (CC-ed) argued that this is not a generic ADC
> > > > block.
> > >
> > > Right, this block is used on many tablets and some dev boards to
> > > provide buttons (as in the hid type) and the block is designed for
> > > this purpose, giving an irq when the adc level crosses a certain
> > > threshold.
> > >
> > > Sure it can be used in a more generic way, but that is not its
> > > primary goal.
> >
> > We've always had a different view on this, but it's a detail :)
> >
> > > So any generic purpose adc driver must not break the current
> > > use-case (which is already used in mainline kernel dts files
> > > in plenty of cases).
> >
> > Yep.
> >
> > > I believe that the best way to deal with this is to add an
> > > "allwinner,general-purpose-mode" flag to the existing binding
> > > (as well as document general purpose mode in the existing
> > > binding rather then in a new binding doc).
> > >
> > > That seems to be the right thing to do purely looking at this
> > > from a dt binding pov.
> >
> > There's a way simpler solution: if there's no child nodes, it's meant
> > to be used as an ADC, otherwise, as input.
> >
> > The logic will have to be a bit more complex than that, since there's
> > two channels, and you could only require one for the buttons, leaving
> > the other one available as an ADC.
> >
> > But that doesn't require any new property.
>
> True, if there are no button nodes, then go general-purpose will
> work too.
>

Well, I'd still argue that we need two different compatibles because
encoding the usage of an IP in its compatible string is less than ideal.

--
Alexandre Belloni, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
http://free-electrons.com

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