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Date:	Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:09:47 +0200
From:	Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@...ux-m68k.org>
To:	Harini Katakam <harinikatakamlinux@...il.com>
Cc:	Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>,
	Grant Likely <grant.likely@...aro.org>,
	Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
	Pawel Moll <pawel.moll@....com>,
	Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
	"ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk" <ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk>,
	Kumar Gala <galak@...eaurora.org>,
	linux-spi <linux-spi@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"devicetree@...r.kernel.org" <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-doc@...r.kernel.org" <linux-doc@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] devicetree: Add devicetree bindings documentation
 for Cadence SPI

Hi Harini,

On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM, Harini Katakam
<harinikatakamlinux@...il.com> wrote:
>>> +             num-cs = /bits/ 16 <4>;
>>
>> What's going on with the /bits/ - is this something that's required for
>> the property?
>
> The master->num-chipselect property is 16 bit but writing <4> here directly
> leads to 0 being read in of_property_read (because it's big endian).
> Instead using of property read u32 and then copying, we decided to do this.
> This was discussed on v2 between Michal and Rob:
>>>>> +               num-chip-select = /bits/ 16 <4>;
>>>
>>> I was expecting you will comment this a little bit. :-)
>>> Because all just reading this num-cs as 32bit and then
>>> assigning this value to master->num_chipselect which is 16bit.
>>
>> Well, everyone else has that problem then. Obviously it takes a bit
>> more care than just reading into a u32, but that is a kernel problem
>> and not a problem of the binding.
> They are not reading it directly with read_u32 but they are using
> intermediate u32 value which is assigned to u16 which is fine.
> This pattern is in most drivers(maybe all).
> The point is if binding should or can't simplify driver code.
> And from your reaction above I expect that it is up to driver
> owner and binding doc how you want to do it.

IMHO this "/bits/ 16" doesn't simplify the binding.

As "num-cs" is a generic spi subsystem binding, it should not be
restricted to 16 bits for the sake of a driver. As your hardware can drive 4
chip selects, you could represent it in 3 bits (don't!).

Simple integers are 32 bit in DT, so use a temporary.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

                        Geert

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