[Letux-kernel] [PATCH v10 4/8] drm/ingenic: Add dw-hdmi driver for jz4780

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Wed Dec 1 15:33:24 CET 2021

Hi Paul,

> Am 01.12.2021 um 15:03 schrieb Paul Cercueil <paul at crapouillou.net>:
> Hi Nikolaus, Mark,
> Le mer., déc. 1 2021 at 14:51:51 +0100, H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com> a écrit :
>> Hi,
>>> Am 01.12.2021 um 14:39 schrieb Mark Brown <broonie at kernel.org>:
>>> On Wed, Dec 01, 2021 at 01:02:45PM +0000, Paul Cercueil wrote:
>>>> Le mar., nov. 30 2021 at 22:26:37 +0100, H. Nikolaus Schaller
>>>>> +	regulator = devm_regulator_get_optional(&pdev->dev, "hdmi-5v");
>>>>> +	if (IS_ERR(regulator)) {
>>>>> +		ret = PTR_ERR(regulator);
>>> Why is this using _optional()?  This should only be done when the supply
>>> can be physically absent
>> There can be +5V for HDMI but without a regulator that is visible to or controllable
>> by the driver.
> There is always a power supply though. Either a controllable one (through e.g. a GPIO), or it's just connected to the mains +5V; the pin is never left floating. In the second case, in DTS the "hdmi-5v" would be connected to some 5v regulator, even if it's just a dummy VCC-5V regulator. So Mark has a point.
>> So hdmi-5v can be simply missing in DTS in which case the driver does not need to
>> care about. The driver just can't turn it on or off.
> Please make it mandatory in DTS then, and use devm_regulator_get() in the driver.

Well, I just wonder why the elegant devm_regulator_get_optional() exists at all
and seems to be used in ca. 80 places.

And if it is not allowed, why some DTS should be forced to add not physically existing dummy-regulators.
AFAIR drivers should implement functionality defined by DTS but not the other way round: enforce DTS style.
BTW: there is no +5 mains dummy regulator defined in ci20.dts.

What I fear is that if we always have to define the mains +5V (which is for example not
defined in ci20.dts), which rules stops us from asking to add a dummy-regulator from 110/230V to +5V as well.
In last consequence, it seems as if we have to describe all dummy regulators from the power plant to our hdmi-5v :)

Since I always follow the KISS principle I tend to leave out what is not relevant...

Of course adding a dummy regulator to the DTS allows to avoid the NULL pointer test
in the driver code.

Anyways, you are maintainers :)

So should I spin a v11 for the series or just this patch or how should we do it?

BR and thanks,

> Cheers,
> -Paul
>>> (in which case I'd expect to see special
>>> handling).
>> The special case is to not enable/disable the regulator if it does not exist
>> and assume that there is hardware providing it otherwise (the driver can't know
>> that except by using get_optional). This is done by the code below
>>>>> +	if (IS_ERR(regulator)) {
>> ...
>>> +	if (!regulator)
>>> +		return 0;
>>> +	ret = regulator_enable(regulator);
>> ...
>> BR and thanks,
>> Nikolaus

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