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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 02/11] leds: add function to configure hardware controlled LED
On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 04:30:49PM +0000, Russell King (Oracle) wrote:
> Hi Christian,
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 12:54:29AM +0100, Christian Marangi wrote:
> > +A trigger once he declared support for hardware controlled blinks, will use the function
> > +hw_control_configure() provided by the driver to check support for a particular blink mode.
> Please improve the above. I think what is actually meant is "Where a
> trigger has support for hardware controlled blink modes,
> hw_control_configure() will be used to check whether a particular blink
> mode is supported and configure the blink mode."

Ok I will improve!

> > +This function passes as the first argument (flag) a u32 flag.
> I don't think "(flag)" is necessary, as I think "a u32 flag"
> sufficiently suggests that it's called "flag". In any case, it doesn't
> appear to be a "u32" but an "unsigned long".

Will drop flag and fix the type.

> > +The second argument (cmd) of hw_control_configure() method can be used to do various
> > +operations for the specific blink mode. We currently support ENABLE, DISABLE, READ, ZERO
> > +and SUPPORTED to enable, disable, read the state of the blink mode, ask the LED
> > +driver if it does supports the specific blink mode and to reset any blink mode active.
> > +
> > +In ENABLE/DISABLE hw_control_configure() should configure the LED to enable/disable the
> > +requested blink mode (flag).
> > +In READ hw_control_configure() should return 0 or 1 based on the status of the requested
> > +blink mode (flag).
> > +In SUPPORTED hw_control_configure() should return 0 or 1 if the LED driver supports the
> > +requested blink mode (flags) or not.
> > +In ZERO hw_control_configure() should return 0 with success operation or error.
> I think some kind of tabular description of this would be better.
> Something like this but on docbook format:
> hw_control_configure()'s second argument, cmd, is used to specify
> various operations for the LED blink mode, and will be one of:
> ENABLE - to enable the blink mode requested in flag. Returns ?
> DISABLE - to disable the blink mode requested in flag. Returbns ?
> READ - to indicate whether the blink mode requested in flag is enabled.
> Returns 0 if disabled or 1 if enabled.
> SUPPORTED - to indicate whether the blink mode requested in flag is
> supported. Returns 0 if unsupported or 1 if supported.
> ZERO - to disable all blink modes. Returns 0 or negative errno.
> The problem with the way you've listed it is you've listed the
> operations in a different order to the description in the same sentence,
> so effectiely ZERO means to report whether supported and SUPPORTED means
> to reset all blink modes!
> > +
> > +The unsigned long flag is specific to the trigger and change across them. It's in the LED
> > +driver interest know how to elaborate this flag and to declare support for a
> > +particular trigger.
> Hmm, as a casual observer, this doesn't really give much information.
> Does this mean that it's up to the hardware LED driver to decide what
> each bit in the "flag" argument means? If not, I think this needs to
> be worded better!

The idea behind this is that the leds driver needs to have some code to
parse the flag provided by the supported trigger...

- netdev trigger provide flag with BLINK_TX BLINK_RX
- driver needs to have explicit support for netdev trigger and will
parse the passed flag to enable the function internally.

So no the driver needs to just reflect what it was requested by the
trigger. It's the trigger the one that define flags structure.

Ideally the driver will just include the trigger header and refer to the
same bits the trigger declare in the flag.

> > For this exact reason explicit support for the specific
> > +trigger is mandatory or the driver returns -EOPNOTSUPP if asked to enter offload mode
> > +with a not supported trigger.
> Seems to be a change in terminology - weren't we using "HARDWARE" and
> "SOFTWARE" to describe the mode, rather than "offload" ?

Will fix!

> > +If the driver returns -EOPNOTSUPP on hw_control_configure(), the trigger activation will
> > +fail as the driver doesn't support that specific offload trigger or doesn't know
> > +how to handle the provided flags.
> This gets rather ambiguous. When can -EOPNOTSUPP be returned - for which
> cmds? Surely, if we have already tested for support using the SUPPORTED
> cmd which returns a 0/1 value, we should not be going on to trigger a
> request to enable something that isn't supported?

Currently we report -EOPNOTSUPP when a trigger is not
supported. hw_control_start/stop/status is just related to activate the
hw_control but not configuring it. In old implementation it was
suggested to have this kind of split and separation to not overload the
configure function and have them split.

(configure enable/disable are about specific trigger rules not the hw
control mode)

I will try to refactor this to be more explicit.

> > +
> > Known Issues
> > ============
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/leds.h b/include/linux/leds.h
> > index 09ff1dc6f48d..b5aad67fecfb 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/leds.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/leds.h
> > @@ -73,6 +73,16 @@ enum led_blink_modes {
> > };
> >
> > +enum blink_mode_cmd {
> > + BLINK_MODE_ENABLE, /* Enable the hardware blink mode */
> > + BLINK_MODE_DISABLE, /* Disable the hardware blink mode */
> > + BLINK_MODE_READ, /* Read the status of the hardware blink mode */
> > + BLINK_MODE_SUPPORTED, /* Ask the driver if the hardware blink mode is supported */
> > + BLINK_MODE_ZERO, /* Disable any hardware blink active */
> > +};
> > +#endif
> Generally not a good idea to make definitions in header files
> conditional on configuration symbols - it makes build-testing more
> problematical.

Guess I will have to add namespace tag and drop the ifdef.

> Thanks.
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