Re: [PATCH] ARM: tegra: dts: add aliases and DMA requestor for serialcontroller

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Fri Dec 21 2012 - 15:50:49 EST

On 12/20/2012 09:18 PM, Laxman Dewangan wrote:
> On Thursday 20 December 2012 10:33 PM, Stephen Warren wrote:
>> On 12/19/2012 11:15 PM, Laxman Dewangan wrote:
>>> On Wednesday 19 December 2012 10:30 PM, Stephen Warren wrote:
>>>> On 12/18/2012 11:31 PM, Laxman Dewangan wrote:
>>>>> Add APB DMA requestor and serial aliases for serial controller.
>>>>> There will be two serial driver i.e. 8250 based simple serial driver
>>>>> and APB DMA based serial driver for higher baudrate and performace.
>>>> This patch seems to do two things:
>>>> 2) Add aliases for the serial ports. I have no idea why this is useful.
>>> Serial aliases are added because we want to get the port number like
>>> /dev/ttyTHS0, /d/ttyTHS2 etc. The uarta should be /dev/ttyTHS0 and
>>> uartc should be /dev/ttyTHS2. The port number can be found using aliases
>>> and of_alias_get_id() in driver file:
>>> port_number = of_alias_get_id(np, "serial");
>> Oh, I see. I guess the aliases make sense then.
>> But, wouldn't you only add aliases for the specific UARTs that are in
>> use on a particular board (so put them in tegraNN-board.dts) rather than
>> all UARTs on Tegra (i.e. the current patch which puts them into
>> tegraNN.dtsi)?
> I like to have this in tegraN N.dtsi file becasue:
> - This policy is not going to change the board to board. For high speed
> driver the uarta will be ttyTHS0 and uartb ttyTHS1.

Sure it is. Since the board files select which UARTs use the low-speed
driver vs. the high-speed driver by overriding the compatible value,
each board will have a different subset of UARTs which use the high
speed driver and hence which use the aliases. Don't you want to end up
with /dev/ttyHS0 on each board, rather than ending up with a "random"
device node name depending on which UART the board designer picked for
the high speed device?
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