Re: [PATCH v3 00/25] irq_domain generalization and refinement

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Sat Feb 04 2012 - 19:02:19 EST

On Sat, 2012-02-04 at 22:17 +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 02:35:54PM -0700, Grant Likely wrote:
> > Hey everyone,
> >
> > This patch series is ready for much wider consumption now. I'd like
> > to get it into linux-next ASAP because there will be ARM board support
> > depending on it. I'll wait a few days before I ask Stephen to pull
> > this in.
> Grant,
> Can you answer me this: does this irqdomain support require DT?

The original powerpc code this is based on didn't require it. It was an
explicit design decision and I remember insisting that Grant follows it,
but I haven't yet reviewed his last batch.

DT is orthogonal. You have "helpers" that use the DT to resolve the
domain of an interrupt source and do the mapping for you, but I made
sure that you call always still create domains and map interrupts using
explicit domain pointers & hw numbers.

(And I need them to deal with ancient broken device-tree's on some
platforms such as oldworld PowerMacs).

> The question comes up because OMAP has converted some of their support
> to require irq domain support for their PMICs, and it seems irq domain
> support requires DT. This seems to have made the whole of OMAP
> essentially become a DT-only platform.


> Now, here's the thing: I believe that IRQ domains - at least as far as
> the hwirq stuff - should be available irrespective of whether we have
> the rest of the IRQ domain support code in place, so that IRQ support
> code doesn't have to keep playing games to decode from the global
> space to the per-controller number space.
> I believe that would certainly help the current OMAP problems, where
> the current lack of CONFIG_IRQ_DOMAIN basically makes the kernel oops
> on boot.
> How we fix this regression for 3.4 I've no idea at present, I'm trying
> to work out what the real dependencies are for OMAP on this stuff.
> Finally, do we need asm/irq.h in our asm/prom.h ? That's causing
> fragility between DT and non-DT builds, because people are finding
> that their DT builds work without their mach/irqs.h includes but
> fail when built with non-DT. The only thing which DT might need -
> at the most - is NR_IRQS, but I'd hope with things like irq domains
> it doesn't actually require it.


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