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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/3] dt-bindings: pinctrl: Add bindings for pinctrl-mchp-sgpio driver
Hi Lars,

thanks for your patch!

On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 3:35 PM Lars Povlsen <lars.povlsen@microchip.com> wrote:

> This adds DT bindings for the Microsemi/Microchip SGPIO controller,

What I do not understand is why this GPIO controller is placed in the
bindings of the pin controllers? Do you plan to add pin control
properties to the bindings in the future?

> +description: |
> + By using a serial interface, the SIO controller significantly extend
> + the number of available GPIOs with a minimum number of additional
> + pins on the device. The primary purpose of the SIO controllers is to
> + connect control signals from SFP modules and to act as an LED
> + controller.

This doesn't sound like it will ever be pin control?

> + gpio-controller: true
> +
> + '#gpio-cells':
> + description: GPIO consumers must specify four arguments, first the
> + port number, then the bit number, then a input/output flag and
> + finally the GPIO flags (from include/dt-bindings/gpio/gpio.h).
> + The dt-bindings/gpio/mchp-sgpio.h file define manifest constants
> + PIN_INPUT and PIN_OUTPUT.
> + const: 4

I do not follow this new third input/output flag at all.

- If it is a property of the hardware, it is something the driver should
handle by determining which hardware it is from the compatible
string.

- If it is a configuration it should be turned into something that is generic
and useful for *all* GPIO controllers. If it is pin config it should use
the pinconf bindings rather than shortcuts like this, but I think it is
something the driver can do as an effect of the pin being requested
as input or output in the operating system, depending on who the
consumer is. Linux for example has GPIOD_OUT_LOW,
GPIOD_OUT_HIGH, GPIOD_IN, GPIOD_ASIS...

- Is it not just a hog? We have bindings for those.

> + microchip,sgpio-port-ranges:
> + description: This is a sequence of tuples, defining intervals of
> + enabled ports in the serial input stream. The enabled ports must
> + match the hardware configuration in order for signals to be
> + properly written/read to/from the controller holding
> + registers. Being tuples, then number of arguments must be
> + even. The tuples mast be ordered (low, high) and are
> + inclusive. Arguments must be between 0 and 31.
> + $ref: /schemas/types.yaml#/definitions/uint32-array
> + minItems: 2
> + maxItems: 64

And you are *absolutely sure* that you can't just figure this out
from the compatible string? Or add a few compatible strings for
the existing variants?

> + microchip,sgpio-frequency:
> + description: The sgpio controller frequency (Hz). This dictates
> + the serial bitstream speed, which again affects the latency in
> + getting control signals back and forth between external shift
> + registers. The speed must be no larger than half the system
> + clock, and larger than zero.
> + $ref: /schemas/types.yaml#/definitions/uint32
> + minimum: 1
> + default: 12500000

I understand why you need this binding now, OK.

> +/* mchp-sgpio specific pin type defines */
> +#undef PIN_OUTPUT
> +#undef PIN_INPUT
> +#define PIN_OUTPUT 0
> +#define PIN_INPUT 1

I'm not a fan of this. It seems like something that should be set in
response to the gpiochip callbacks .direction_input and
.direction_output callbacks.

Yours,
Linus Walleij

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