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SubjectRe: [PATCH 14/18] acpi: utils: Add function to fetch dependent acpi_devices
On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:54:44PM +0000, Dan Scally wrote:
> Hi Andy
> On 30/11/2020 18:23, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 01:31:25PM +0000, Daniel Scally wrote:
> >> ACPI devices declare themselves dependent on other devices via the _DEP
> >> buffer. Fetching the dependee from dependent is a matter of parsing
> >> _DEP, but currently there's no method to fetch dependent from dependee.
> >> Add one, so we can parse sensors dependent on a PMIC from the PMIC's
> >> acpi_driver.
> > Do I understand correctly that it's an existing table provided by firmware that
> > (ab)uses _DEP in such way? Note, the specification doesn't tell we may use it
> > in this way, OTOH I don't remember if it strictly forbids such use.
> >
> > So, please elaborate in the commit message why you need this and pint out to
> > the 6.5.8 "_DEP (Operation Region Dependencies)" which clearly says about
> > OpRegions and that part already supported by ACPI in the Linux, if I'm not
> > mistaken, need to refresh my memory.
> Laurent's reply is good explanation, but for example see my Lenovo Miix
> 510's DSDT:
> Search OVTI2680 and OVTI5648 for the cameras. Both are dependent on
> IN3472 devices (PMI0 and PMI1) which are the discrete type that we're
> attempting to handle here.

Yes, it seems since PMIC is kinda "power resource" (don't mix with real power
resource as by ACPI specifications) and that's why they decided to include it
into _DEP. So, it seems a de facto common practice. Thus, it would be nice to
have the above in the commit message in some form. Can you do it?

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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