Re: [PATCH v4] pwm: add sysfs interface

From: Ryan Mallon
Date: Tue Jun 11 2013 - 07:19:59 EST

On 11/06/13 20:14, Thierry Reding wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 04:12:07PM -0700, H Hartley Sweeten wrote:
> [...]
>> +What: /sys/class/pwm/pwmchipN/pwmX/duty
>> +Date: May 2013
>> +KernelVersion: 3.11
>> +Contact: H Hartley Sweeten <hsweeten@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> +Description:
>> + Sets the PWM duty cycle in nanoseconds.
> Sorry, I should've been more specific before. I'd like this to be named
> duty_cycle. We now have the pwm_{set,get}_duty_cycle() accessors and I'd
> like to eventually use the spelled-out form consistently.
>> +config PWM_SYSFS
>> + bool "/sys/class/pwm/... (sysfs interface)"
>> + depends on SYSFS
>> + help
>> + Say Y here to provide a sysfs interface to control PWMs.
>> +
>> + For every instance of a PWM device there is a pwmchipN directory
>> + created in /sys/class/pwm. Use the export attribute to request
>> + a PWM to be accessible from userspace and the unexport attribute
>> + to return the PWM to the kernel. Each exported PWM will have a
>> + pwmX directory in the pwmchipN it is associated with.
> I have a small quibble with this. Introducing options like this make it
> increasingly difficult to compile-test all the various combinations, so
> I'd like to see this converted to a form that will play well with the
> IS_ENABLED() macro. We already have the same issue with DEBUG_FS, only
> to a lesser degree because it doesn't have an additional PWM-specific
> Kconfig option.
> In order not to burden you with too much work, one option for now would
> be to unconditionally build the sysfs.c file and use something along
> these lines in pwmchip_sysfs_{,un}export():
> return;
> Which should allow the compiler to throw away all PWM_SYSFS-related
> code in that file, leaving an empty function.

Won't that also cause the compiler to spew a bunch of warnings about
unreachable code in the !CONFIG_PWM_SYSFS case? We have the
unreachable() macro, but that isn't supported nicely by all compilers.

If CONFIG_SYSFS is not enabled and sysfs.c is using functions that now
do not exist, that will cause compile errors, since the compiler will
still attempt to compile all of the code, even though it will remove
most of it after doing so.

Also, any functions that are extern will also end up generating empty
functions in the kernel binary (static linkage functions should
disappear completely). This is obviously very negligible in size,
but using a proper Kconfig option results in zero size if the option
is compiled out.

> It's not the optimal
> solution, which would require the sysfs code to go into core.c and be
> conditionalized there, but it's good enough. I can always go and clean
> up that code later (maybe doing the same for DEBUG_FS while at it).


> The big advantage of this is that we get full compile coverage of the
> sysfs interface, whether it's enabled or not. Calling an empty function
> once when the chip is registered is an acceptable overhead.

Why not just make CONFIG_PWM_SYSFS default y, so that if CONFIG_SYSFS is
enabled (which should be true for the vast majority of test configs) that
pwm sysfs is also enabled?

The IS_ENABLED method just seems very messy for a very small gain.

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