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Date:	Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:51:27 +0100
From:	Lee Jones <>
To:	Octavian Purdila <>
Cc:	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	Linus Walleij <>,
	Alexandre Courbot <>,,
	Samuel Ortiz <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>, Johan Hovold <>,, lkml <>,,,
	Daniel Baluta <>,
	Laurentiu Palcu <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/3] mfd: add support for Diolan DLN-2 devices

On Mon, 01 Sep 2014, Octavian Purdila wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Lee Jones <> wrote:
> > On Sat, 30 Aug 2014, Octavian Purdila wrote:
> >
> >> This patch implements the USB part of the Diolan USB-I2C/SPI/GPIO
> >> Master Adapter DLN-2. Details about the device can be found here:
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Information about the USB protocol can be found in the Programmer's
> >> Reference Manual [1], see section 1.7.
> >>
> >> Because the hardware has a single transmit endpoint and a single
> >> receive endpoint the communication between the various DLN2 drivers
> >> and the hardware will be muxed/demuxed by this driver.
> >>
> >> Each DLN2 module will be identified by the handle field within the DLN2
> >> message header. If a DLN2 module issues multiple commands in parallel
> >> they will be identified by the echo counter field in the message header.
> >>
> >> The DLN2 modules can use the dln2_transfer() function to issue a
> >> command and wait for its response. They can also register a callback
> >> that is going to be called when a specific event id is generated by
> >> the device (e.g. GPIO interrupts). The device uses handle 0 for
> >> sending events.
> >>
> >> [1]
> >
> > MFD is not a dumping ground for misfit h/w.  Almost all of this code
> > looks like it belongs in drivers/usb.  Please move it there.
> >
> We initially submitted this driver as a pure USB driver, with our own
> module registration mechanism, but during the first round of reviews
> people pointed out that a MFD driver is the better approach, and I
> agree. I also see that there are already a couple of USB drivers
> implemented as MFD drivers.

Can you link me to your previous submission please?

> Do you see a better approach?

You should have a small MFD driver which controls resources and
registers children.  All other functionality should live in their
respective drivers/X locations i.e. USB functionallity should normally
live in drivers/usb.

Lee Jones
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