[Letux-kernel] [RFC 0/3] misc: new serdev based drivers for w2sg00x4 GPS module and w2cbw003 wifi/bluetooth

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Tue May 23 07:43:53 CEST 2017

Hi Rob,

> Am 23.05.2017 um 04:26 schrieb Rob Herring <robh+dt at kernel.org>:
> On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 5:44 AM, H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
>> Since our proposed API was not acceptable and the new serdev API has arrived in 4.11 kernels,
>> we finally took the challenge to update the w2sg and w2cbw drivers to use the serdev API.
>> The approach is to write a "man in the middle" driver which is on one side a serdev client
>> which directly controls the UART where the device is connected to and on the other side
>> presents a new tty port so that user-space software can talk to the chips as if they would
>> directly talk to the UART of the SoC (e.g. ttyO1). This is similar to connecting to a remote
>> serial device e.g. through USB (ttyACM) or Bluetooth UART profiles.
>> For example gpsd or hciattach expect a /dev/tty they can control (flow control, baud rate
>> etc.).
> I understand from the prior discussion why you want to pass the data
> thru for gps, but why do you need to do that for BT?

Because we otherwise can't turn on power when /dev/ttyBT0 is opened and turn off when it
is closed. I.e. it should not be powered unless someone does a hciattach /dev/ttyBT0. And it
should be turned off by a killall hciattach.

Basically we would like to have a power control automatic like it exists for many other devices.

Since the BT chip is described as a serdev by DT, we see no other means than to pass data
through the serdev driver.

We had looked into the line discipline approach but it makes a lot of problems. The first one
is that registering a new system-wide ldesc number is required. Next we do not see how to make
a serdev driver (as it seems to be required by the DT) to register a different ldesc.

>> Here is the result of our first hack which is working as a demo on GTA04 devices (and the
>> w2cbw driver can also be used to control a GTA04 variant with WL1837).
>> Since it is just a demo hack, the code is not yet cleaned up, nor does it completely pass
>> check-patch, nor follows 100% the coding styles. And certainly has some bugs.
>> The most significant issue is that calling tty_port_register_device() inside of the
>> serdev probe() function makes the serdev probe() function to be entered a second
>> time. This does not lead to big problems since we currently have minor = 0
>> and this makes the second call assume the device is not available.
>> But we have no idea why this happens and how it can be prevented.
> Johan's fixes may help there, but it is intended to be temporary to
> have a separate API for registering tty ports with or without serdev.

Ah, would that mean something like a tty_port_register_device_without_serdev()?

Do you have a reference to his fixes?

BR and thanks,

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