Re: [PATCH 5/7 v2] dma: sh: use an integer slave ID to improve APIcompatibility
From: Guennadi Liakhovetski
Date: Mon Jul 16 2012 - 06:55:07 EST
On Mon, 16 Jul 2012, Vinod Koul wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-07-16 at 12:01 +0200, Guennadi Liakhovetski wrote:
> > On Mon, 16 Jul 2012, Vinod Koul wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2012-07-16 at 10:47 +0200, Guennadi Liakhovetski wrote:
> > > > > I want to know what does ccr and mid_rid mean to dmac here?
> > > >
> > > > CHCR contains a few fields, some enable various interrupt sources, some
> > > > specify repeat- and renew-modes, others yet specify transfer size, source
> > > > and destination address-modes (incrementing, constant, decrementing),
> > > > others yet select a DMA client category (slave / memcpy / ...), and a
> > > > transfer flag. Some of these fields could be calculated, others are
> > > > pre-defined for various slaves, the exact layout of those fields can also
> > > > vary between SoCs.
> > > I do not understand how clients would provide these values.
> > > For pre-defined values, they should be dmac property why should client
> > > like spi or mmc have clue about it?
> > >
> > > For others like you mentioned, i guess they could be easily calculated,
> > > right?
> > >
> > > > MID_RID is actually a slave-selector, it contains a magic value, that
> > > > cannot be calculated.
> > > and again, how does client know this?
> > I might be misunderstanding you, but from earlier discussions I got an
> > impression, that the DMAC should know nothing about clients, i.e., should
> > receive no client-specific information from its platform data. Instead
> > clients should provide it when configuring the channel. If this is
> > correct, then the preferred way would be to specify these values in client
> > platform data and then pass it to the DMAC with slave-config calls? Or
> > have I misunderstood you and this per-client information should be kept in
> > DMAC platform data?
> You haven't misunderstood me. dmacs should not know of client data and
> should be client agnostic.
> BUT, are these parameters ccr and mid_rid client data, i do not think
> so, they seem to be dmac controller parameters which you need to
> configure channel or is that not the case. If not why bother passing
> them to dmac?
Yes, that's right - these values have to be written to DMAC channel
configuration registers, so, we do not have to change anything, those
values can remain DMAC parameters and be passed to it directly from
> Either way something looks fishy to me.
You can always tell me what you don't like about the driver, but I don't
see why this specific patch should cause any problem - it only changes the
type of the slave-id variable from unsigned to signed to be able to pass
negative error values in it too.
> > I.e., in both cases magic values are provided by platforms, the only
> > difference is - either keep them in DMAC platform data or move them in
> > each individual DMA client platform data.
> > Yes, some CHCR fields can be calculated, but location and width of those
> > fields might vary between DMAC versions, so, they will have to be passed
> > with DMAC platform data. But this definitely can be done in the future.
Guennadi Liakhovetski, Ph.D.
Freelance Open-Source Software Developer
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