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Date:	Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:40:21 +0300
From:	Mika Westerberg <>
To:	Alexandre Courbot <>
Cc:	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Linus Walleij <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	ACPI Devel Maling List <>,
	Aaron Lu <>,
	"" <>,
	Dmitry Torokhov <>,
	Bryan Wu <>,
	Grant Likely <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>,
	Darren Hart <>,
	Mark Rutland <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 11/13] gpio: Support for unified device properties

On Tue, Oct 07, 2014 at 07:22:13PM +0900, Alexandre Courbot wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki <> wrote:
> > From: Mika Westerberg <>
> >
> > Some drivers need to deal with only firmware representation of its
> > GPIOs. An example would be a GPIO button array driver where each button
> > is described as a separate firmware node in device tree. Typically these
> > child nodes do not have physical representation in the Linux device
> > model.
> >
> > In order to help device drivers to handle such firmware child nodes we
> > add dev[m]_get_named_gpiod_from_child() that takes a child firmware
> > node pointer as its second argument (the first one is the parent device
> > itself), finds the GPIO using whatever is the underlying firmware
> > method, and requests the GPIO properly.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Mika Westerberg <>
> > Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
> ...
> > +/* Child properties interface */
> > +struct gpio_desc *dev_get_named_gpiod_from_child(struct device *dev, void *child,
> > +                                                const char *propname, int index);
> > +struct gpio_desc *devm_get_named_gpiod_from_child(struct device *dev, void *child,
> > +                                                 const char *propname, int index);
> I see the reason for these functions and am not opposed to them.
> However, I wonder if we could not replace propname by a con_id that
> would be resolved to one of con_id-gpio for DT and whatever naming
> convention ACPI is using?

The code in gpio-leds.c and gpio_keys_polled.c refers to "gpios" as the
property name. If we can change that somehow to work with con_id-gpio
instead without breaking things, then why not.

> This would prevent users to name GPIOs outside of the conventions
> defined in the bindings and be generally safer. Is there a particular
> reason (used by some old code?) for the current direct property
> access? If not, maybe we could call a slightly-modified of_find_gpio()
> to resolve the GPIO property for DT, and the equivalent function for

Only reason I can think of is support for the existing properties that
are used directly. Drivers using gpiod_get() and friends do not need
dev_get_named_gpiod_from_child() anyway.
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