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Date:   Thu, 21 May 2020 22:37:58 +0200
From:   Wolfram Sang <>
To:     Andy Shevchenko <>
Cc:     Tali Perry <>,
        Ofer Yehielli <>,
        Brendan Higgins <>,, Tomer Maimon <>,, Patrick Venture <>,
        Nancy Yuen <>,
        Benjamin Fair <>,
        Rob Herring <>,,,
        OpenBMC Maillist <>,
        devicetree <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v12 2/3] i2c: npcm7xx: Add Nuvoton NPCM I2C controller

> > > I wondered also about DEBUG_FS entries. I can see their value when
> > > developing the driver. But since this is done now, do they really help a
> > > user to debug a difficult case? I am not sure, and then I wonder if we
> > > should have that code in upstream. I am open for discussion, though.
> > 
> > The user wanted to have health monitor implemented on top of the driver.
> > The user has 16 channels connected the multiple devices. All are operated
> > using various daemons in the system. Sometimes the slave devices are power down.
> > Therefor the user wanted to track the health status of the devices.
> Ah, then there are these options I have in mind (Wolfram, FYI as well!):
> 1) push with debugfs as a temporary solution and convert to devlink health protocol [1];
> 2) drop it and develop devlink_health solution;
> 3) push debugfs and wait if I²C will gain devlink health support

No need for 2). We can push it now and convert it later. That being
said, I wonder if [1] is suitable for this driver? Things like NACKs and
timeouts happen regularly on an I2C bus and are not a state of bad

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