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Date:	Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:23:23 +0200
From:	Thierry Reding <thierry.reding@...il.com>
To:	Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>
Cc:	Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon@...e-electrons.com>,
	David Airlie <airlied@...ux.ie>,
	"dri-devel@...ts.freedesktop.org" <dri-devel@...ts.freedesktop.org>,
	Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre@...el.com>,
	Jean-Christophe Plagniol-Villard <plagnioj@...osoft.com>,
	Alexandre Belloni <alexandre.belloni@...e-electrons.com>,
	Andrew Victor <linux@...im.org.za>,
	Samuel Ortiz <sameo@...ux.intel.com>,
	Lee Jones <lee.jones@...aro.org>,
	"linux-pwm@...r.kernel.org" <linux-pwm@...r.kernel.org>,
	Rob Clark <robdclark@...il.com>,
	"linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org" 
	<linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
	Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
	Pawel Moll <Pawel.Moll@....com>,
	Ian Campbell <ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk>,
	Kumar Gala <galak@...eaurora.org>,
	"devicetree@...r.kernel.org" <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Mark Yao <mark.yao@...k-chips.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7 04/11] pwm: add DT bindings documentation for
 atmel-hlcdc-pwm driver

On Mon, Oct 06, 2014 at 12:33:26PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 06, 2014 at 11:13:51AM +0100, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 04:53:01PM +0200, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > > From: Boris BREZILLON <boris.brezillon@...e-electrons.com>
> > > 
> > > The HLCDC IP available in some Atmel SoCs (i.e. sam9x5i.e. at91sam9n12,
> > > at91sam9x5 family or sama5d3 family) provide a PWM device.
> > > 
> > > The DT bindings used for this PWM device is following the default 3 cells
> > > bindings described in Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/pwm.txt.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon@...e-electrons.com>
> > > ---
> > >  .../devicetree/bindings/pwm/atmel-hlcdc-pwm.txt    | 55 ++++++++++++++++++++++
> > >  1 file changed, 55 insertions(+)
> > >  create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/atmel-hlcdc-pwm.txt
> > > 
> > > diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/atmel-hlcdc-pwm.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/atmel-hlcdc-pwm.txt
> > > new file mode 100644
> > > index 0000000..86ad3e2
> > > --- /dev/null
> > > +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/atmel-hlcdc-pwm.txt
> > > @@ -0,0 +1,55 @@
> > > +Device-Tree bindings for Atmel's HLCDC (High LCD Controller) PWM driver
> > > +
> > > +The Atmel HLCDC PWM is subdevice of the HLCDC MFD device.
> > > +See ../mfd/atmel-hlcdc.txt for more details.
> > > +
> > > +Required properties:
> > > + - compatible: value should be one of the following:
> > > +   "atmel,hlcdc-pwm"
> > > + - pinctr-names: the pin control state names. Should contain "default".
> > > + - pinctrl-0: should contain the pinctrl states described by pinctrl
> > > +   default.
> > > + - #pwm-cells: should be set to 3. This PWM chip use the default 3 cells
> > > +   bindings defined in Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/pwm.txt.
> > > +   The first cell encodes the PWM id (0 is the only acceptable value here,
> > > +   because the chip only provide one PWM).
> > > +   The second cell encodes the PWM period in nanoseconds.
> > > +   The third cell encodes the PWM flags (the only supported flag is
> > > +   PWM_POLARITY_INVERTED)
> > 
> > Given that this already refers to the default 3 cells binding it doesn't
> > need to repeat part of the contents of pwm.txt.
> 
> Given that pwm.txt states:
> 
> pwm-specifier : array of #pwm-cells specifying the given PWM 
>                 (controller specific)

It also goes on to say that:

"
pwm-specifier typically encodes the chip-relative PWM number and the PWM
period in nanoseconds.

Optionally, the pwm-specifier can encode a number of flags (defined in
<dt-bindings/pwm/pwm.h>) in a third cell:
- PWM_POLARITY_INVERTED: invert the PWM signal polarity
"

> I'd leave it here. Just because pwm.txt gives an example of a controller
> specific meaning for the pwm cells, I don't think we should rely on it
> everywhere.

If we do have a default meaning for a specifier and the majority (in
case of PWM every single one) of the device-specific bindings use it,
then I don't think it makes sense to duplicate information everywhere
else. We've been doing the same thing across the kernel for a long
time now, why should PWM be special?

Thierry

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