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Subject[RFC PATCH 0/5] device property: Introducing software nodes
Hi guys,

To continue the discussion started by Dmitry [1], this is my proposal
that I mentioned in my last mail. In short, the idea is that instead
of trying to extend the support for the currently used struct
property_set, I'm proposing that we introduce a completely new,
independent type of fwnode, and replace the struct property_set with
it. I'm calling the type "software node" here.

The reason for a complete separation of the software nodes from the
generic property handling code is the need to be able to create the
nodes independently from the devices that they are bind to.

The way this works is that every node that is created will have a
kobject registered. That will take care the ref counting for us, and
also allow us to for example display the properties in sysfs.

There are a few more details in patch 3/5 about the software nodes in
the commit message.



Heikki Krogerus (5):
drivers core: Prepare support for multiple platform notifications
ACPI / glue: Add acpi_platform_notify() function
drivers: base: Introducing software nodes to the firmware node
device property: Move device_add_properties() to swnode.c
device property: Remove struct property_set

.../ABI/testing/sysfs-devices-software_node | 27 +
drivers/acpi/bus.c | 1 -
drivers/acpi/glue.c | 21 +-
drivers/acpi/internal.h | 1 -
drivers/base/Makefile | 2 +-
drivers/base/core.c | 32 +-
drivers/base/property.c | 529 +-----------
drivers/base/swnode.c | 812 ++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/acpi.h | 10 +
include/linux/property.h | 12 +
10 files changed, 929 insertions(+), 518 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-devices-software_node
create mode 100644 drivers/base/swnode.c


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