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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/7] mfd: ds90ux9xx: add TI DS90Ux9xx de-/serializer MFD driver
On Fri, 12 Oct 2018, Vladimir Zapolskiy wrote:

> On 10/12/2018 11:39 AM, Lee Jones wrote:
> > On Fri, 12 Oct 2018, Vladimir Zapolskiy wrote:
> >> On 10/12/2018 09:03 AM, Lee Jones wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 09 Oct 2018, Vladimir Zapolskiy wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> From: Vladimir Zapolskiy <vladimir_zapolskiy@mentor.com>
> >>>>
> >>>> The change adds I2C device driver for TI DS90Ux9xx de-/serializers,
> >>>> support of subdevice controllers is done in separate drivers, because
> >>>> not all IC functionality may be needed in particular situations, and
> >>>> this can be fine grained controlled in device tree.
> >>>>
> >>>> The development of the driver was a collaborative work, the
> >>>> contribution done by Balasubramani Vivekanandan includes:
> >>>> * original implementation of the driver based on a reference driver,
> >>>> * regmap powered interrupt controller support on serializers,
> >>>> * support of implicitly or improperly specified in device tree ICs,
> >>>> * support of device properties and attributes: backward compatible
> >>>> mode, low frequency operation mode, spread spectrum clock generator.
> >>>>
> >>>> Contribution by Steve Longerbeam:
> >>>> * added ds90ux9xx_read_indirect() function,
> >>>> * moved number of links property and added ds90ux9xx_num_fpd_links(),
> >>>> * moved and updated ds90ux9xx_get_link_status() function to core driver,
> >>>> * added fpd_link_show device attribute.
> >>>>
> >>>> Sandeep Jain added support of pixel clock edge configuration.
> >>>>
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Vladimir Zapolskiy <vladimir_zapolskiy@mentor.com>
> >>>> ---
> >>>> drivers/mfd/Kconfig | 14 +
> >>>> drivers/mfd/Makefile | 1 +
> >>>> drivers/mfd/ds90ux9xx-core.c | 879 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>>> include/linux/mfd/ds90ux9xx.h | 42 ++
> >>>> 4 files changed, 936 insertions(+)
> >>>> create mode 100644 drivers/mfd/ds90ux9xx-core.c
> >>>> create mode 100644 include/linux/mfd/ds90ux9xx.h
> >>>>
> >>>> diff --git a/drivers/mfd/Kconfig b/drivers/mfd/Kconfig
> >>>> index 8c5dfdce4326..a969fa123f64 100644
> >>>> --- a/drivers/mfd/Kconfig
> >>>> +++ b/drivers/mfd/Kconfig
> >>>> @@ -1280,6 +1280,20 @@ config MFD_DM355EVM_MSP
> >>>> boards. MSP430 firmware manages resets and power sequencing,
> >>>> inputs from buttons and the IR remote, LEDs, an RTC, and more.
> >>>>
> >>>> +config MFD_DS90UX9XX
> >>>> + tristate "TI DS90Ux9xx FPD-Link de-/serializer driver"
> >>>> + depends on I2C && OF
> >>>> + select MFD_CORE
> >>>> + select REGMAP_I2C
> >>>> + help
> >>>> + Say yes here to enable support for TI DS90UX9XX de-/serializer ICs.
> >>>> +
> >>>> + This driver provides basic support for setting up the de-/serializer
> >>>> + chips. Additional functionalities like connection handling to
> >>>> + remote de-/serializers, I2C bridging, pin multiplexing, GPIO
> >>>> + controller and so on are provided by separate drivers and should
> >>>> + enabled individually.
> >>>
> >>> This is not an MFD driver.
> >>
> >> Why do you think so? The representation of the ICs into device tree format
> >> of hardware description shows that this is a truly MFD driver with multiple
> >> IP subcomponents naturally mapped into MFD cells.
> >
> > This driver does too much real work ('stuff') to be an MFD driver.
> > MFD drivers should not need to care of; links, gates, modes, pixels,
> > frequencies maps or properties. Nor should they contain elaborate
> > sysfs structures to control the aforementioned 'stuff'.
> >
>
> What is the reason why device drivers for sort of multimedia ICs like
> WL1273, WM8994 and other numerous codecs are found in drivers/mfd?
>
> If the same reason can not be applied to this DS90Ux9xx driver, why?
>
> > Granted, there may be some code in there which could be appropriate
> > for an MFD driver. However most of it needs moving out into a
> > function driver (or two).
> >
> >> Basically it is possible to replace explicit of_platform_populate() by
> >> adding a "simple-mfd" compatible, if it is desired.
> >>
> >>> After a 30 second Google of what this device actually does, perhaps
> >>> drivers/media might be a better fit?
> >>
> >> I assume it would be quite unusual to add a driver with NO media functions
> >> and controls into drivers/media.
> >
> > drivers/media may very well not be the correct place for this. In my
> > 30 second Google, I saw that this device has a lot to do with cameras,
> > hence my media association.
>
> Well, the argument is similar to the statement that Google says that
> camera sensors *can* be connected to NXP i.MX6 SoC, thus arch/arm/mach-imx
> contents should be placed into drivers/media
>
> A few TI DS90Ux9xx *cell* drivers may be added to drivers/media, but it is
> out of the scope of the current series, which is completely integral per se,
> and actually the cover letter says that the series of drivers immediately
> allows to output video over DRM to panels, but the discussion is around
> sensors by some reason. But I hope it won't be seen as a misleading
> reason to consider to add the MFD driver into drivers/gpu/drm

This discussion isn't about not adding enough child devices. It's
about there being too much functional work being done in an MFD
driver, where it doesn't belong.

> > If *all* else fails, there is always drivers/misc, but this should be
> > avoided if at all possible.
>
> drivers/misc does not sound like a proper place for the MFD driver...

I'd agree with you if this were an MFD driver.

As I mentioned before, there may well be an argument for and MFD
driver to be part of this driver-set. However it needs to be
significantly reduced with any functional code removed and placed
where it belongs.

> >> Laurent, can you please share your opinion?

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Lee Jones [李琼斯]
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