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Date:	Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:07:31 -0700
From:	Brian Norris <computersforpeace@...il.com>
To:	Marek Vasut <marex@...x.de>
Cc:	Huang Shijie <shijie8@...il.com>,
	Huang Shijie <b32955@...escale.com>,
	Graham Moore <grmoore@...era.com>, ggrahammoore@...il.com,
	Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@...ux-m68k.org>,
	Artem Bityutskiy <artem.bityutskiy@...ux.intel.com>,
	Sascha Hauer <s.hauer@...gutronix.de>,
	Jingoo Han <jg1.han@...sung.com>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Yves Vandervennet <rocket.yvanderv@...il.com>,
	linux-mtd@...ts.infradead.org,
	Insop Song <insop.song@...nspeed.com>,
	Alan Tull <atull@...era.com>,
	Sourav Poddar <sourav.poddar@...com>,
	David Woodhouse <dwmw2@...radead.org>,
	Dinh Nguyen <dinguyen@...era.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH V3] Add support for flag status register on Micron chips.

Hi guys,

Sorry to revisit this way late, and sorry for not paying as much
attention initially. I'm prepped to merge v4, but some of the
conversation matches what I was just thinking.

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 07:06:17AM +0200, Marek Vasut wrote:
> On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 05:10:13 AM, Huang Shijie wrote:
> > On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 12:12:24AM +0200, Marek Vasut wrote:
> > > > > > the drivers may fills this hook itself, so the code should like this:
> > > > > >    --------------------------------------------------
> > > > > > 	
> > > > > > 	if ((info->flags & USE_FSR) &&
> > > > > > 	
> > > > > > 	       	nor->wait_till_ready == spi_nor_wait_till_fsr_ready)
> > > > > > 		
> > > > > > 		nor->wait_till_ready = spi_nor_wait_till_fsr_ready;
> > > > > > 		
> > > > > >    --------------------------------------------------
> > > > > 
> > > > > I sense a misdesign of the SPI NOR subsystem here. The subsystem and
> > > > > the driver compete for a function pointer here ? I guess one should
> > > > > have precedence in some way then ... and also, they should be two
> > > > > different pointers, where the subsystem decides which to use.
> > > > 
> > > > the subsystem do not decides which one to use, the driver decides which
> > > > one to use.
> > > > 
> > > > If driver has its own @wait_till_ready , it means the driver knows the
> > > > feature, and has implemented it in its own @wait_till_ready.
> > > > 
> > > > If the driver does not fill any wait_till_ready, it means the driver
> > > > will use the default @wait_till_ready. We can treat the
> > > > spi_nor_wait_till_fsr_ready as a default hook too.
> > > 
> > > I see the driver overwriting a hook previously set by the subsystem. This
> > 
> > not sure ;)
> > 
> > The driver set the hooks before the subsystem set these hooks.
> > 
> > If the driver has already set the @wait_till_ready hook before it calls
> > the spi_nor_scan, the subsystem will not set the hook anymore.
> > 
> > Please see the spi_nor_check().
> 
> Two things competing over the same pointer looks misdesigned to me. I will need 
> to dig into this one more time ...

Yes, that is misdesigned. And looking at nand_base for examples is not
foolproof; it has quite a bit of legacy and workarounds. It'd be best to
get the design right for spi-nor.

The subsystem code should not require a function pointer for FSR vs.
non-FSR -- all devices should be able to use the same function. We just
need to stash some flash-ID-related data (i.e., a flags field) in the
spi_nor struct. On the plus side, we can avoid the code duplication
between spi_nor_wait_till_fsr_ready() and spi_nor_wait_till_ready().

I think the wait_till_ready pointer should be reserved for the driver,
as a hardware-specific "wait" function.

This still leaves the question of whether the SPI NOR core should assume
that any driver's 'wait_till_ready' function (if present) actually
implements all necessary waits (FSR vs. non-FSR, for instance). I'd
argue that's a maintenance burden, and that the subsystem should still
do a sanity check that the status register is correct. After all, that's
what the ->{read,write}_reg() functions are useful for. But perhaps
there is some performance argument for avoiding the (potentially
redundant) register checks?

Anyway, I've tested v4, and I plan to merge it soon. Patches can be sent
on top. (I may even cook up my own.)

Regards,
Brian
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