Re: [PATCH 4/7] gpiolib: implement dev_gpiochip_{add,remove} calls

From: Anton Vorontsov
Date: Wed Oct 22 2008 - 06:46:19 EST

On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 02:36:41PM +0400, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 09:22:48PM -0700, David Brownell wrote:
> > On Tuesday 21 October 2008, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > > The notifier can be registered before the devices, though it's a little
> > > bit fishy and fragile.
> > >
> > > Easier I suppose to just have OF specific hooks in the bus code.
> >
> > Like what I suggested: "chip-aware OF glue drivers". The relevant
> > bus code being the "of_platform_bus_type" infrastructure.
> >
> > Example: instead of Anton's patch #6 modifying the existing pca953x
> > driver, an of_pca953x driver that knows how to poke around in the OF
> > device attributes to (a) create the pca953x_platform_data, (b) call
> > i2c_register_board_info() to make that available later, and then
> > finally (c) vanish, since it's not needed any longer.
> Heh. You tell me my first approach:
> (mmc_spi)
> The OF people didn't like the patch which was used to support this
> approach:

Though, I think I'll able to persuade Grant that two registration paths
are inevitable (i.e. for simple devices we should use
drivers/of/of_{i2c,spi}.c and for complex cases we'll have to have
another method of registration).

> The board info has another problem though. We can't remove it, thus
> we can't implement module_exit() for the 'OF glue'.

And try to solve this problem... maybe then things will begin to
move forward.

Anton Vorontsov
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