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Date:	Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:52:02 +0900
From:	Alexandre Courbot <>
To:	Mika Westerberg <>
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 interface

On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Mika Westerberg
<> wrote:
> 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
>> ACPI?
> 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.

Right. Another thing is that the property handling code (active low
only for now) is duplicated again, but that can be addressed

I will have a look at gpio-leds and gpio_keys_polled to see if we
cannot make this work at a higher level. It's easier to have the
bindings respected if the code itself enforces them.
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