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Date:	Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:19:30 +0200
From:	Linus Walleij <>
To:	William Breathitt Gray <>
Cc:	Bjorn Helgaas <>,
	Alexandre Courbot <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] GPIO: Add GPIO support for the ACCES 104-IDIO-16

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 1:40 AM, William Breathitt Gray
<> wrote:
> On 10/05/2015 04:29 AM, Linus Walleij wrote:
>>> +struct a_104_idio_16_gpio {
>>> +       struct gpio_chip chip;
>>> +       spinlock_t lock;
>>> +       unsigned base;
>> Isn't this void __iomem *base?
> The 'base' member is used to hold the I/O port base address passed to the
> inb/outb functions for port-mapped I/O operations. Since the addresses are
> not dereferenced, I don't believe an __iomem pointer would be correct.

You're right, sorry I was confused.

>>> +static const unsigned A_104_IDIO_16_EXTENT = 8;
>> Looks like it could be a #define A_104_IDIO_16_EXTENT 8
> I used a const variable for the benefit of type-safety; I assumed the
> compiler would optimize it. What is the advantage of a #define constant?

Usually we use #define's for compile-time constants.

>>> +static void __exit a_104_idio_16_exit(void)
>>> +{
>>> +       pr_info("104-idio-16: Exiting 104-idio-16 module\n");
>>> +
>>> +       gpiochip_remove(&gp.chip);
>> Where is that &gp.chip? Not in this file. Nor should you use any globals.
> I agree that using a global data structure isn't good practice, but I'm not
> sure how else to expose the gpio_chip structure in the respective module
> _init and _exit functions since they have void parameter lists. Would it be
> more appropriate to use the platform device API in this situation to avoid
> the global data structure?

It depends where your device is spawn. If there is a natural place to
instantiate the platform device like from a MFD or PCI driver or something
then yes.

>>> +static int a_104_idio_16_gpio_get(struct gpio_chip *chip, unsigned offset)
>>> +{
>>> +       struct a_104_idio_16_gpio *a104i16gp = to_a104i16gp(chip);
>>> +       const unsigned BIT_MASK = 1U << (offset-16);
>>> +
>>> +       if (offset < 16)
>>> +               return 0;
>> Always return 0, why? Is that really correct?
> GPIO 0-15 are output-only. The kerneldoc for 'struct gpio_chip' states that
> for output signals the get function should return the value actually sensed,
> or zero. Since I cannot sense the output signals, I return zero in these cases.
> Is this behavior correct?

I guess, we recently augmented the gpiolib core so you can actually
return an error code as -ENODEV here. No strong preference though.
Maybe I should have...

Linus Walleij
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