[PATCH 1/2] pwm: lpss: Make builtin and add lookup-table so that i915 can find the pwm_backlight

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 10:59:43 UTC 2016

On Mon, Dec 05, 2016 at 09:18:03AM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
> On 05-12-16 08:46, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 02, 2016 at 11:17:35AM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > The primary consumer of the lpss pwm is the i915 kms driver, but
> > > currently that driver cannot get the pwm because i915 platforms are
> > > not using devicetree and pwm-lpss does not call pwm_add_table.
> > > 
> > > Another problem is that i915 does not support get_pwm returning
> > > -EPROBE_DEFER and i915's init is very complex and this is almost
> > > impossible to fix.
> > > 
> > > This commit changes the PWM_LPSS Kconfig from a tristate to a bool, so
> > > that when the i915 driver loads the lpss pwm will be available avoiding
> > > the -EPROBE_DEFER issue. Note that this is identical to how the same
> > > problem was solved for the pwm-crc driver.
> > > 
> > > Being builtin also allows calling pwm_add_table directly from the
> > > pwm-lpss code, otherwise the pwm_add_table call would need to be put
> > > somewhere else to ensure it happens before i915 calls pwm_get,
> > > even if i915 would support -EPROBE_DEFER.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Hans de Goede <hdegoede at redhat.com>
> > > ---
> > >  drivers/pwm/Kconfig    | 12 +++---------
> > >  drivers/pwm/pwm-lpss.c | 11 +++++++++++
> > >  2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> > 
> > This is completely backwards. You're putting board-specific bits into a
> > generic driver.
> This is not really board specific I'm advertising that the goal of
> the pwm is to be used to control a backlight.

pwm_add_table() is a board-specific API. Documentation/pwm.txt says that
"board setup code" should be using pwm_add_table(). Using it from within
the provider is completely the opposite.

> Before typing this reply I've been thinking about another place
> to put the pwm_add_table call put I cannot come up with any.

I suggested drivers/platform/x86. A bunch of code in there is doing
exactly the kind of board/platform setup stuff that you're trying to do

> drivers/acpi/acpi_lpss.c comes to mind, but that would only work
> with the pwm device in acpi mode and not with it in pci mode.
> Another candidate would be to put the pwm_add_table call in the
> i915 driver itself, when the vbt says we need to use an external
> pwm and the plaform is cherrytrail, but it does not know if the
> pwm device is in pci or acpi modes which requires a different
> provider entry in the table.

i915 isn't a good location for that either. This should really be driven
by code external to any generic drivers. It's exactly the kind of glue
that platform or board setup code is used for.

If you look at drivers/platform/x86/intel_oaktrail.c, it does very
similar things. If this is specific to Cherry Trail, I'm sure you can
find ways to identify the platform as such and drive it in a similar way
from drivers/platform/x86/intel_cherrytrail.c.

> Besides that having the pwm in the table will not do anything
> unless the i915 driver does a pwm_get, so this does not gain us
> anything.

It will keep the driver generic and put the board code where it belongs.
I call that very much of a gain.

> Maybe we need to rename the con_id from "pwm_backlight" to
> "pwm_lpss0", that way it is very clear which pwm any pwm_get calls
> are getting (and lpss-pwm.c is obviously the correct place to
> do the add_table), and then we can teach the i915 code to look
> for "pwm_lpss0" based on vbt info ?

pwm_backlight is the much better consumer name because by your own words
that's exactly what the PWM is used for. Obfuscating this by turning the
name into something unrecognizable such as pwm_lpss0 isn't going to
change any of the above.

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