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Date:   Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:01:37 +0200
From:   Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon@...e-electrons.com>
To:     Thierry Reding <thierry.reding@...il.com>
Cc:     Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...rochip.com>,
        linux-pwm@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
        alexandre.belloni@...e-electrons.com, nicolas.ferre@...rochip.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] drivers: pwm: pwm-atmel: implement suspend/resume
 functions

On Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:10:11 +0200
Thierry Reding <thierry.reding@...il.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 04:35:58PM +0200, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > On Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:20:20 +0300
> > Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...rochip.com> wrote:
> >   
> > > Implement suspend and resume power management specific
> > > function to allow PWM controller to correctly suspend
> > > and resume.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...rochip.com>
> > > ---
> > >  drivers/pwm/pwm-atmel.c | 81 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > >  1 file changed, 81 insertions(+)
> > > 
> > > diff --git a/drivers/pwm/pwm-atmel.c b/drivers/pwm/pwm-atmel.c
> > > index 530d7dc..75177c6 100644
> > > --- a/drivers/pwm/pwm-atmel.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/pwm/pwm-atmel.c
> > > @@ -58,6 +58,8 @@
> > >  #define PWM_MAX_PRD		0xFFFF
> > >  #define PRD_MAX_PRES		10
> > >  
> > > +#define PWM_MAX_CH_NUM		(4)
> > > +
> > >  struct atmel_pwm_registers {
> > >  	u8 period;
> > >  	u8 period_upd;
> > > @@ -65,11 +67,18 @@ struct atmel_pwm_registers {
> > >  	u8 duty_upd;
> > >  };
> > >  
> > > +struct atmel_pwm_pm_ctx {
> > > +	u32 cmr;
> > > +	u32 cdty;
> > > +	u32 cprd;
> > > +};
> > > +
> > >  struct atmel_pwm_chip {
> > >  	struct pwm_chip chip;
> > >  	struct clk *clk;
> > >  	void __iomem *base;
> > >  	const struct atmel_pwm_registers *regs;
> > > +	struct atmel_pwm_pm_ctx ctx[PWM_MAX_CH_NUM];  
> > 
> > Hm, I'm pretty sure you can rely on the current PWM state and call
> > atmel_pwm_apply() at resume time instead of doing that. See what I did
> > here [1].
> > 
> > Thierry, maybe it's time to start thinking about a generic solution to
> > save/restore PWM states.  
> 
> Generally speaking I think applying the states are the right way to go.
> Ideally the PWM core could simply resume all of the PWM channels that a
> device exports and the ->apply() callback would be enough to restore
> that. I'm not sure if that's going to work with current implementations,
> though. Your pwm-atmel-hlcdc patch certainly indicates that we're not
> quite there yet.
> 
> On the other hand, I'm beginning to think that maybe PWMs are too low-
> level for this kind of suspend/resume. For example if you use the PWM to
> control a backlight brightness, restoring it via the driver core's
> resume hook is potentially going to turn it back on at the wrong time. I
> have a feeling that we might be better off just pushing this up to the
> PWM users. A slight special case might be sysfs, for which no external
> user driver exists. But we already have separate data structures to keep
> track of sysfs-related context, so suspend/resume support could be added
> there.

Yep, you're probably right, we should let the PWM user take care of
re-applying the PWM state, because it's the only one having enough
knowledge about what the PWM is really driving to take a wise decision.

This goes against my patch adding suspend/resume hooks to the
pwm-atmel-hlcdc driver, but we can easily drop the call to
atmel_hlcdc_pwm_apply() in ->resume() once we have patched the
pwm-backlight driver to take care of that.

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