[Gta04-owner] [PATCH 0/3] tty slave device support - version 3.

Peter Hurley peter at hurleysoftware.com
Thu May 7 17:51:48 CEST 2015

On 05/07/2015 11:34 AM, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Am 07.05.2015 um 16:56 schrieb Peter Hurley <peter at hurleysoftware.com>:
>> On 05/07/2015 08:46 AM, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:

>> Both devicetree and tty/serial can already represent independent control;
>> what is proposed is a way to express dependent control, and in all cases,
>> that control stems directly from either the UART state itself or via
>> commands sent over that interface.
> Yes. This is why I propose that the tty/uart driver can send an internal notification
> to the device driver. And the device driver can register to be notified by the UART
> that is identified by the phandle of the slave DT entry.

I've not seen any code with your proposal, so that makes it impossible to
compare competing solutions.

>> Any target not requiring UART involvement doesn't (and probably, shouldn't)
>> be expressed as a slave device.
> IMHO it is not obligatory to represent the direction of control by a parent>child
> relation in DT. DT just needs to describe that there is a relation/connection.

Devicetree usage in the linux kernel is for representing the host view, not an
abstract machine. I have yet to see an example of a proposed tty slave where the
host interface is not a UART.

> The driver code already must “know” the direction of notifications.
> BTW, there can even be control in reverse direction in some cases. E.g. the slave
> driver wants to automatically set the baud rate of the uart, i.e. the slave controls
> the uart on /dev/tty side.
> If I have monitored some other discussion right, this is exactly done by a Codec
> driver to tell its mcbsp counterpart about clock rates and data formats it should
> expect. Maybe this is the reason why McBSP use (or are just happy with) the
> phandle approach.

Parameters are not control.

Peter Hurley

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