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Date:   Fri, 11 Dec 2020 07:20:41 +0100
From:   'Greg Kroah-Hartman' <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>
To:     József Horváth <info@...istro.hu>
Cc:     'Rob Herring' <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
        'Jiri Slaby' <jirislaby@...nel.org>,
        linux-serial@...r.kernel.org, devicetree@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] Serial: silabs si4455 serial driver

On Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 06:09:43AM +0000, József Horváth wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 06:50:58AM +0100, 'Greg Kroah-Hartman' wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 07:46:25PM +0000, József Horváth wrote:
> > > On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 08:03:22PM +0100, 'Greg Kroah-Hartman' wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 05:04:46PM +0000, József Horváth wrote:
> > > > > This is a serial port driver for
> > > > > Silicon Labs Si4455 Sub-GHz transciver.
> > > > > +
> > > > > +#define BASE_TTYIOC_PRIVATE		0xA0
> > > > > +/* Set EZConfig.
> > > > > + * After this ioctl call, the driver restarts the si4455,
> > > > > + * then apply the new configuration and patch.
> > > > > + */
> > > > > +#define SI4455_IOC_SEZC		_IOW('T', \
> > > > > +				     BASE_TTYIOC_PRIVATE + 0x01, \
> > > > > +				     struct si4455_iocbuff)
> > > > 
> > > > Why does a serial driver have private ioctls?  Please no, don't do that.
> > > 
> > > I checked the ioctl.h and serial_core.h, but I not found any similar definition, like BASE_VIDIOC_PRIVATE in videodev2.h.
> > > In this case the name of macro BASE_TTYIOC_PRIVATE means the base value of special ioctl commands owned by this driver.
> > 
> > My point is, a serial driver should NOT have any custom ioctls.
> > 
> > > I can change it to BASE_TTYIOC or SI4455_IOC_BASE
> > > 
> > > > Implement the basic serial driver first, and then we can talk about
> > > > "custom" configurations and the like, using the correct apis.
> > > 
> > > Without the SI4455_IOC_SEZC call, the driver can't configure the Si4455 and not working at all.
> > > The cofiguration for interface is provided by user for application.
> > 
> > That is what a device tree is for, to configure the device to have the
> > correct system configuration, why can't that be the same here?
> > 
> > > It contains the base frequency, channel spacing, modulation, and a lot
> > > of more stuff, and generated by Silicon Labs Wireless Development
> > > Suite.
> > > The generated configuration is in a non public(compressed,
> > > encrypted...who knows) format, so without this the driver can't
> > > provide configuration parameters to Si4455.
> > 
> > So we have to take a "custom" userspace blob and send it to the device
> > to configure it properly?  Like Jiri said, sounds like firmware, so just
> > use that interface instead.
> 
> I checked Jiri's suggestion, and it is a good solution to replace SI4455_IOC_SEZC(configuration) and SI4455_IOC_SEZP(firmware patch).
> I can move SI4455_IOC_SSIZ(package size) to device tree property.
> 
> Maybe you have good suggestion for the following:
> SI4455_IOC_STXC -> Radio transmit channel index. It is a real use case to control this parameter by user at runtime.
> SI4455_IOC_SRXC -> Radio receive channel index. It is a real use case to control this parameter by user at runtime.

These are not serial port things, why would a serial port care about
these?

> SI4455_IOC_GRSSI -> Last measured RSSI, when packet received. This is a useful information.
> (Currently I'm the only one user, and I need this :) )

What is "RSSI"?

And why not debugfs if it's only debugging stuff?

thanks,

greg k-h

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