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Date:   Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:09:14 -0800
From:   Rick Altherr <>
Subject: [PATCH linux] aspeed: pinctrl: Allow disabling Port D and Port E loopback mode

Port D and port E GPIO loopback modes are commonly enabled via hardware
straps for use with front-panel buttons.  When the BMC is powered
off or fails to boot, the front-panel buttons are directly connected to
the host chipset via the loopback to allow direct power-on and reset
control. Once the BMC has booted, the loopback mode must be disabled for
the BMC to take over control of host power-on and reset.

Disabling these loopback modes requires writing to the hardware strap
register which violates the current design of assuming the system
designer chose the strap settings for a specific reason and they should
be treated as read-only. Only the two bits of the strap register related
to these loopback modes are allowed to be written and comments have been
added to explain why.

Signed-off-by: Rick Altherr <>
 drivers/pinctrl/aspeed/pinctrl-aspeed.c | 14 ++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/pinctrl/aspeed/pinctrl-aspeed.c b/drivers/pinctrl/aspeed/pinctrl-aspeed.c
index 76f62bd45f02..5b49952e5fad 100644
--- a/drivers/pinctrl/aspeed/pinctrl-aspeed.c
+++ b/drivers/pinctrl/aspeed/pinctrl-aspeed.c
@@ -198,9 +198,19 @@ static int aspeed_sig_expr_set(const struct aspeed_sig_expr *expr,
 		 * them. This may mean that certain functions cannot be
 		 * deconfigured and is the reason we re-evaluate after writing
 		 * all descriptor bits.
+		 *
+		 * Port D and port E GPIO loopback modes are the only exception
+		 * as those are commonly used with front-panel buttons to allow
+		 * normal operation of the host when the BMC is powered off or
+		 * fails to boot. Once the BMC has booted, the loopback mode
+		 * must be disabled for the BMC to control host power-on and
+		 * reset.
-		if ((desc->reg == HW_STRAP1 || desc->reg == HW_STRAP2) &&
-				desc->ip == ASPEED_IP_SCU)
+		if (desc->ip == ASPEED_IP_SCU && desc->reg == HW_STRAP1 &&
+		    !(desc->mask & (BIT(21) | BIT(22))))
+			continue;
+		if (desc->ip == ASPEED_IP_SCU && desc->reg == HW_STRAP2)
 		ret = regmap_update_bits(maps[desc->ip], desc->reg,

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