Should regulator core support parsing OF based fwnode?

Jean-Jacques Hiblot jjhiblot at
Fri Oct 4 16:12:52 UTC 2019

On 04/10/2019 17:58, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 04, 2019 at 05:13:13PM +0200, Jean-Jacques Hiblot wrote:
>> On 04/10/2019 16:40, Mark Brown wrote:
>>> Why is the LED core populating anything?  Is the LED core copying bits
>>> out of the struct device for the actual device into a synthetic device
>>> rather than passing the actual device in?  That really doesn't seem like
>>> a good idea, it's likely to lead to things like this where you don't
>>> copy something that's required (or worse where something directly in the
>>> struct device that can't be copied is needed).
>> This is not a copy of a device of parent's of_node or something like that.
>> You can think of a LED controller as a bus. It 'enumerates' its children
>> LED, create the children devices (one per LED) and provides the functions to
>> interact with them.
>> The device node we are talking about here is a per-LED thing, it is a child
>> node of the node of the LED controller.
>> here is an example:
>>      tlc59108: tlc59116 at 40 { /* this is the node for the LED controller */
>>          status = "okay";
>>          #address-cells = <1>;
>>          #size-cells = <0>;
>>          compatible = "ti,tlc59108";
>>          reg = <0x40>;
>>          backlight_led: led at 2 { /* this is the node of one LED attached to
>> pin#2 of the LED controller */
>>              power-supply = <&bkl_fixed>;
>>              reg = <0x2>;
>>          };
> Regulator supplies are supposed to be defined at the chip level rather
> than subfunctions with names corresponding to the names on the chip.
> This ensures that all chips look similar when you're mapping the
> schematic into a DT, you shouldn't need to know about the binding for a
> given chip to write a DT for it and if multiple people (perhaps working
> on different OSs) write bindings for the same chip there should be a
> good chance that they come up with the same mapping.  The supply_alias
> interface is there to allow mapping these through to subfunctions if
> needed, it looks like the LED framework should be using this.

In case of current-sink LED drivers, each LED can be powered by a 
different regulator, because the driver is only a switch between the LED 
cathod and the ground.

> That said if you are doing the above and the LEDs are appearing as
> devices it's extremely surprising that their of_node might not be
> initialized.

That is because this is usually done by the platform core which is not 
involved here.


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