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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/6] ARM: at91/dt: sama5d3: add i2c gpio pinctrl
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On 2020-01-03 10:49, Codrin.Ciubotariu@microchip.com wrote:
> From: Kamel Bouhara <kamel.bouhara@bootlin.com>
>
> Add the i2c gpio pinctrls to support the i2c bus recovery
>
> Signed-off-by: Kamel Bouhara <kamel.bouhara@bootlin.com>
> ---
>
> Changes in v2:
> - none;
>
> arch/arm/boot/dts/sama5d3.dtsi | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
> 1 file changed, 30 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>

*snip*

> @@ -639,6 +648,12 @@
> <AT91_PIOA 30 AT91_PERIPH_A AT91_PINCTRL_NONE /* PA30 periph A TWD0 pin, conflicts with URXD1, ISI_VSYNC */
> AT91_PIOA 31 AT91_PERIPH_A AT91_PINCTRL_NONE>; /* PA31 periph A TWCK0 pin, conflicts with UTXD1, ISI_HSYNC */
> };
> +
> + pinctrl_i2c0_gpio: i2c0-gpio {
> + atmel,pins =
> + <AT91_PIOA 30 AT91_PERIPH_GPIO AT91_PINCTRL_PULL_UP
> + AT91_PIOA 31 AT91_PERIPH_GPIO AT91_PINCTRL_PULL_UP>;
> + };

I'm curious, but why are pull-ups suddenly needed just because the pins are
used for GPIO recovery? Why are pull-ups not needed when the pins are used
by the I2C peripheral device(s)?

Given figure 27-2 "I/O Line Control Logic" in my SAMA5D3 datasheet, I see
no difference as to how and why the pull-ups are applied depending on what
the current function of the pin is. So, if the I2C bus works w/o pulls, bus
recovery using GPIO must also work w/o pulls.

I.e. the device tree requires you to have external pull-ups on the I2C bus
anyway, so why bother with internal pull-ups for the recovery case?

Changing pull-up settings just for recovery feels like something that will
inevitably create hard to debug surprises at the least opportune time...

Or am I missing something?

(I'm focusing on SAMA5D3 since that is what I happen to work with,
but the same question appears to apply for SAMA5D2 and SAMA5D4...)

Cheers,
Peter
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