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From: "Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult" <lkml@metux.net>
To: Hans de Goede <hdegoede@redhat.com>,
	Henning Schild <henning.schild@siemens.com>,
	Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@gmail.com>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux LED Subsystem <linux-leds@vger.kernel.org>,
	Platform Driver <platform-driver-x86@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-watchdog@vger.kernel.org,
	Srikanth Krishnakar <skrishnakar@gmail.com>,
	Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka@siemens.com>,
	Gerd Haeussler <gerd.haeussler.ext@siemens.com>,
	Guenter Roeck <linux@roeck-us.net>,
	Wim Van Sebroeck <wim@linux-watchdog.org>,
	Mark Gross <mgross@linux.intel.com>, Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/4] platform/x86: simatic-ipc: add main driver for Siemens devices
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 12:30:57 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <6c7d165d-1332-2039-0af3-9875b482894b@metux.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <92080a68-9029-3103-9240-65c92d17bf16@redhat.com>

On 17.03.21 21:03, Hans de Goede wrote:

Hi,

>> It just identifies the box and tells subsequent drivers which one it
>> is, which watchdog and LED path to take. Moving the knowledge of which
>> box has which LED/watchdog into the respective drivers seems to be the
>> better way to go.
>>
>> So we would end up with a LED and a watchdog driver both
>> MODULE_ALIAS("dmi:*:svnSIEMENSAG:*");

Uh, isn't that a bit too broad ? This basically implies that Siemens
will never produce boards with different configurations.

>> and doing the identification with the inline dmi from that header,
>> doing p2sb with the support to come ... possibly a "//TODO\ninline" in
>> the meantime.
>>
>> So no "main platform" driver anymore, but still central platform
>> headers.
>>
>> Not sure how this sounds, but i think making that change should be
>> possible. And that is what i will try and go for in v3.
> 
> Dropping the main drivers/platform/x86 driver sounds good to me,
> I was already wondering a bit about its function since it just
> instantiates devs to which the other ones bind to then instantiate
> more devs (in the LED case).

hmm, IMHO that depends on whether the individual sub-devices can be
more generic than just that specific machine. (@Hanning: could you
tell us more about that ?).

Another question is how they're actually probed .. only dmi or maybe
also pci dev ? (i've seen some refs to pci stuff in the led driver, but
missed the other code thats called here).

IMHO, if the whole thing lives on some PCI device (which can be probed
via pci ID), and that device has the knowledge, where the LED registers
actually are (eg. based on device ID, pci mmio mapping, ...) then there
should be some parent driver that instantiates the led devices (and
possibly other board specific stuff). That would be a clear separation,
modularization. In that case, maybe this LED driver could even be
replaced by some really generic "register-based-LED" driver, which just
needs to be fed with some parameters like register ranges, bitmasks, etc.

OTOH, if everything can be derived entirely from DMI match, w/o things
like pci mappings involved (IOW: behaves like directly wired to the
cpu's mem/io bus, no other "intelligent" bus involved), and it's all
really board specific logic (no generic led or gpio controllers
involved), then it might be better to have entirely separate drivers.


-mtx

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  reply	other threads:[~2021-03-18 11:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 43+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-15  9:57 [PATCH v2 0/4] add device drivers for Siemens Industrial PCs Henning Schild
2021-03-15  9:57 ` [PATCH v2 1/4] platform/x86: simatic-ipc: add main driver for Siemens devices Henning Schild
2021-03-15 10:31   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-03-15 16:30     ` Henning Schild
2021-03-17 19:13     ` Henning Schild
2021-03-17 20:03       ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-18 11:30         ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult [this message]
2021-03-18 11:45           ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-26  9:55             ` Henning Schild
2021-03-26 12:21               ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-15  9:57 ` [PATCH v2 2/4] leds: simatic-ipc-leds: add new driver for Siemens Industial PCs Henning Schild
2021-03-15 10:48   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-03-15 11:19     ` Pavel Machek
2021-03-15 11:26       ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-03-15 12:40       ` Henning Schild
2021-03-18 11:38       ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult
2021-03-27  9:46         ` Henning Schild
2021-04-01 16:20           ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult
2021-03-27  9:56       ` Henning Schild
2021-03-18 10:27     ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult
2021-03-18 12:40       ` Alexander Dahl
2021-03-23 17:45         ` Henning Schild
2021-03-26 16:33     ` Henning Schild
2021-03-18 10:25   ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult
2021-03-27 11:16     ` Henning Schild
2021-03-27 11:41       ` Henning Schild
2021-03-15  9:57 ` [PATCH v2 3/4] watchdog: simatic-ipc-wdt: add new driver for Siemens Industrial PCs Henning Schild
2021-03-15 15:10   ` Guenter Roeck
2021-03-29 16:28     ` Henning Schild
2021-03-15  9:57 ` [PATCH v2 4/4] platform/x86: pmc_atom: improve critclk_systems matching for Siemens PCs Henning Schild
2021-03-15 10:14   ` Henning Schild
2021-03-15 10:19     ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-15 12:09       ` Henning Schild
2021-03-15 14:58       ` [PATCH] platform/x86: pmc_atom: use callback for all dmi quirk entries Henning Schild
2021-03-15 16:31         ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-15 17:00           ` Henning Schild
2021-03-15 18:01             ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-16  5:47               ` Henning Schild
2021-03-16  9:43                 ` Hans de Goede
2021-03-15 13:25   ` [PATCH v2 4/4] platform/x86: pmc_atom: improve critclk_systems matching for Siemens PCs kernel test robot
2021-03-15 10:55 ` [PATCH v2 0/4] add device drivers for Siemens Industrial PCs Andy Shevchenko
2021-03-15 16:08   ` Henning Schild
2021-08-02  9:21   ` Henning Schild

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