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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 1/8] i2c: core: let adapters be notified of client attach/detach
Hello Laurent,

thanks for the feedback and apologies for the delayed reply.

On Sun, 11 Dec 2022 18:55:39 +0200
Laurent Pinchart <> wrote:

> Hi Tomi and Luca,
> Thank you for the patch.
> On Thu, Dec 08, 2022 at 12:39:59PM +0200, Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
> > From: Luca Ceresoli <>
> >
> > An adapter might need to know when a new device is about to be
> > added. This will soon bee needed to implement an "I2C address
> > translator" (ATR for short), a device that propagates I2C transactions
> > with a different slave address (an "alias" address). An ATR driver
> > needs to know when a slave is being added to find a suitable alias and
> > program the device translation map.
> >
> > Add an attach/detach callback pair to allow adapter drivers to be
> > notified of clients being added and removed.
> This may be a stupid question, but couldn't you instead use the

I'm not sure they would be the correct tool for this task. Bus
notifiers inform about new events on the 'struct bus_type, i.e. any
event on the global i2c bus type. In the i2c world this means being
notified about new _adapters_, which is exactly what
drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c does.

Here, however, we need to be informed about new _clients_ being added
under a specific adapter. I'm not sure whether the bus notifiers can
inform about new clients in addition of new adapters, but they at least
seem unable to provide per-adapter notification.

Does that seem correct?

Best regards,
Luca Ceresoli, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering

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