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Date:	Mon, 09 Nov 2009 23:35:05 +0000
From:	Richard Purdie <>
To:	InKi Dae <>
Cc:,, Kyungmin Park <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Pavel Machek <>
Subject: Re: [patch] added brightness feature to lcd class.

On Mon, 2009-11-02 at 17:50 +0900, InKi Dae wrote:
> This patch adds brightness feature to lcd class.
> (kernel/driver/video/backlight/lcd.c)
> In the past, most of the lcd panels for embedded system was TFT-LCD
> Panel needing backlight device.
> But now AMOLED LCD Panel appeared so we should consider brightness
> control for AMOLED Panel.
> For the time being, I used backlight fake driver for brightness
> control of AMOLED LCD Panel.
> But this way is not good, so I propose to add brightness feature to lcd class.
> For this, I attached patch file and if my proposal is approved
> Then I will send s6e63m0 and tl2796 AMOLED lcd panel driver based on
> lcd class modified soon.

Pavel has a good point but let me try and explain it differently.

The point of the backlight class is to expose a backlight brightness
control to userspace in a consistent well defined way. Anyone wishing to
write a piece of software to control the brightness of a backlight then
only needs to support *one* interface.

It is entirely accepted and normal that multiple "class" devices may
appear in userspace for one piece of physical hardware.

Your patch duplicates a userspace API and means any backlight
application would have to look for *two* different interfaces. This is

Why can't your driver just register a backlight interface and an LCD
interface? I'd imagine your backlight and LCD can be powered on/off
separately too.

Please also cc: the backlight/lcd maintainer (me) on backlight/lcd
patches in future.

Andrew: Can you drop that patch from -mm please as I'm not convinced we
need two backlight brightness interfaces around...



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