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Date:	Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:45:24 -0700
From:	Bjorn Andersson <bjorn.andersson@...ymobile.com>
To:	Lee Jones <lee.jones@...aro.org>
CC:	Kumar Gala <galak@...eaurora.org>,
	Andy Gross <agross@...eaurora.org>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
	"devicetree@...r.kernel.org" <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org" 
	<linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
	"linux-arm-msm@...r.kernel.org" <linux-arm-msm@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Grant Likely <grant.likely@...aro.org>,
	Ian Campbell <ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk>,
	Liam Girdwood <lgirdwood@...il.com>,
	Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>,
	Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
	Pawel Moll <pawel.moll@....com>,
	Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
	Samuel Ortiz <sameo@...ux.intel.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC 6/7] mfd: qcom-smd-rpm: Driver for the Qualcomm RPM over SMD

On Mon 20 Oct 00:22 PDT 2014, Lee Jones wrote:

> On Fri, 17 Oct 2014, Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> > On Wed 08 Oct 01:40 PDT 2014, Lee Jones wrote:
> 
> [...]
> 
> > > > +static struct qcom_smd_driver qcom_smd_rpm_driver = {
> > > > +	.probe = qcom_smd_rpm_probe,
> > > > +	.remove = qcom_smd_rpm_remove,
> > > > +	.callback = qcom_smd_rpm_callback,
> > > > +	.driver  = {
> > > > +		.name  = "qcom_smd_rpm",
> > > > +		.owner = THIS_MODULE,
> > > > +		.of_match_table = qcom_smd_rpm_of_match,
> > > > +	},
> > > > +};
> > > > +
> > > > +module_qcom_smd_driver(qcom_smd_rpm_driver);
> > > 
> > > I don't like this.  What's wrong with the existing platform driver
> > > code?
> > > 
> > 
> > I started off with having smd child devices as platform drivers and had some
> > accessor functions to find the open handles that triggered the probe() and
> > register the callback with those. But this didn't feel very sane, so I did
> > implemented a custom driver struct and probe prototype to simplify writing
> > drivers.
> > 
> > May I ask why you dislike this? This is how it's done in so many other places
> > in the kernel...
> 
> I don't believe that's the case.  All owners of their own
> module_*_driver() registration calls are busses (see below), whereas
> 'qcom_smd' is just a driver.  Things would soon get out of control if
> we allowed every driver in the kernel to supply their own driver
> registration information variants.
> 

I modelled this after rpmsg, with the intention of having qcom_smd provide a
"smd bus" and all client drivers sitting on that bus being probed and removed
as the remote services appear and disappear.

I'm afraid I don't understand what part I missed that makes my smd driver "just
a driver". I will reread the documentation and try to figure out what I might
have missed.

Regards,
Bjorn
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