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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/5] media: i2c: ov5645: Drop reading clock-frequency dt-property
Hi Sakari,

On Tue, Apr 07, 2020 at 09:22:41AM +0300, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 06, 2020 at 08:32:34PM +0300, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 06, 2020 at 07:51:08PM +0300, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> > > On Mon, Apr 06, 2020 at 05:42:38PM +0100, Lad Prabhakar wrote:
> > > > Modes in the driver are based on xvclk frequency fixed to 24MHz, but where
> > > > as the OV5645 sensor can support the xvclk frequency ranging from 6MHz to
> > > > 24MHz. So instead making clock-frequency as dt-property just let the
> > > > driver enforce the required clock frequency.
> > >
> > > Even if some current systems where the driver is used are using 24 MHz
> > > clock, that doesn't mean there wouldn't be systems using another frequency
> > > that the driver does not support right now.
> > >
> > > The driver really should not set the frequency unless it gets it from DT,
> > > but I think the preferred means is to use assigned-clock-rates instead, and
> > > not to involve the driver with setting the frequency.
> > >
> > > Otherwise we'll make it impossible to support other frequencies, at least
> > > without more or less random defaults.
> >
> > We're running in circles here.
> >
> > As the driver only supports 24MHz at the moment, the frequency should be
> > set by the driver, as it's a driver limitation. We can then work on
> > supporting additional frequencies, which will require DT to provide a
> > list of supported frequencies for the system, but that can be done on
> > top.
>
> I guess it would be possible to use different external clock frequencies on
> a sensor in a given system but that seems to be a bit far fetched, to the
> extent I've never seen anyone doing that in practice.
>
> Originally, the driver set the frequency based on the clock-frequency
> property. If we're removing that but use a fixed frequency instead, then
> how is that going to work going forward when someone adds support for other
> frequencies in the driver and has a system requiring that, while there are
> some other platforms relying on the driver setting a particular frequency?

The standard property for this is link-frequencies, not clock-frequency.
Deprecating clock-frequency now paves the way to use the standard
property later when/if someone implements support for additional
frequencies.

> Although, if you're saying that this driver only needs to work with DT that
> comes with the kernel and you don't care about DT binary compatibility,
> this would be fine.

I believe this series to not break backward compatibility, as the driver
only works with a 24MHz clock, so I expect all DTs to specify that.

--
Regards,

Laurent Pinchart

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