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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/2] pinctrl: add consumer variant for gpio request
On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 6:22 PM, Ludovic Desroches
<ludovic.desroches@microchip.com> wrote:

Did I miss cover letter for this?

> Add a consumer variant to GPIO request relative functions. The goal
> is to fix the bad ownership, which is arbitrary set to
> "range->name:gpio", of a GPIO.

Hmm... It's supposed to be name of the owner of the pin range (pin
control device name IIUC).

> There is a lack of configuration features for GPIO. For instance,
> we can't set the bias. Some pin controllers manage both device's
> pins and GPIOs. GPIOs can benefit from pin configuration. Usually,
> a pinctrl node is used to mux the pin as a GPIO and to set up its
> configuration.

Don't we have means to do that?

At least that what I see in aspeed_gpio_set_config().

Or I missed a point here?

> The pinmuxing strict mode involves that a pin which is muxed can't
> be requested as a GPIO if the owner is not the same.

Any elaborated example?

> Unfortunately,
> the ownership of a GPIO is set arbitrarily to "range->name:gpio".
> So there is a mismatch about the ownership which prevents a device
> from being the owner of the pinmuxing and requesting the same pin as
> a GPIO.

> Adding some consumer variants for GPIO request stuff will allow to
> pass the name of the device which requests the GPIO to not return an
> error if it's also the owner of the pinmuxing.

I think we need something more generic in core than producing more API
functions.

But I would like to get problem first.

> + if (consumer)
> + return pin_request(pctldev, pin, consumer, range);
> +

Hmm... My understanding that GPIO is just a (special) function out of
pin muxing. So, doing musing is essential to get proper function out
of it.

Does your hardware considers this differently? If so, I would really
want to see some datasheets.

--
With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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