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Subject[PATCH v3 0/5] vchiq: Patch to separate platform and cdev code

This patchset adderesses the TODO item number 10 specified at:


For reference, the task is:

10) Reorganize file structure: Move char driver to it's own file and join
both platform files

The cdev is defined alongside with the platform code in vchiq_arm.c. It
would be nice to completely decouple it from the actual core code. For
instance to be able to use bcm2835-audio without having /dev/vchiq created.
One could argue it's better for security reasons or general cleanliness. It
could even be interesting to create two different kernel modules, something
the likes of vchiq-core.ko and vchiq-dev.ko. This would also ease the
upstreaming process.

A summary of the patches is as follows:

- Patch 1: Move cdev init code into a function
- Patch 2: Shift some devlarations from vchiq_arm.c to vchiq_arm.h for
- Patch 3: Move vchiq cdev init code from vchiq_arm.c into vchiq_dev.c
- Patch 4: Decouple cdev code by defining a Kconfig entry to allow
optional compilation of it.
- Patch 5: Merge code in vchiq_2835_arm.c to vchiq_arm.c

(More details can be found in the commit messages)

Changes since v2 [1]:

* In Patch 1, as suggested, I have added error handling code back to
ensure the driver exits when there is an error in creating vchiq cdev

* I have built this patch against the right kernel (gregkh/staging,
staging-next branch) to avoid introducing any unwanted inconsistencies
like whitespace changes

I have tested the patch using vchiq_test utility on RPi 3B+.

Additionally, I had a small question regarding the next steps here
(quoting my cover letter from v2):

This question is more related to the next set of patches I'm
planning to submit. So the last thing left in this TODO is to
completely decouple vchiq platform and cdev code into 2 separate
modules and I am planning to do that in a different patchset.

The approach I have in mind is to start by using EXPORT_SYMBOL to
export all the functions (and accessor functions for variables like
g_state) that would be required for cdev init. Majority of these
would be exported from vchiq_arm.c and vchiq_core.c, and will then be
used in vchiq-dev.ko. Is this the right way to approach this?

Thank you in advance for the help. Please let me know if any changes/
additional info is required.


[1] v2:

Ojaswin Mujoo (5):
staging: vchiq: Refactor vchiq cdev code
staging: vchiq: Move certain declarations to vchiq_arm.h
staging: vchiq: Move vchiq char driver to its own file
staging: vchiq: Make creation of vchiq cdev optional
staging: vchiq: Combine vchiq platform code into single file

drivers/staging/vc04_services/Kconfig | 10 +
drivers/staging/vc04_services/Makefile | 5 +-
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_2835_arm.c | 564 ----
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_arm.c | 2344 +++++------------
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_arm.h | 82 +
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_dev.c | 1440 ++++++++++
6 files changed, 2265 insertions(+), 2180 deletions(-)
delete mode 100644 drivers/staging/vc04_services/interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_2835_arm.c
create mode 100644 drivers/staging/vc04_services/interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_dev.c


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