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Re: [PATCH v5 3/5] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 3/5] gpio: Add GPIO Aggregator
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:32:31 +0100

On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 4:18 PM Geert Uytterhoeven
<address@hidden> wrote:
> GPIO controllers are exported to userspace using /dev/gpiochip*
> character devices.  Access control to these devices is provided by
> standard UNIX file system permissions, on an all-or-nothing basis:
> either a GPIO controller is accessible for a user, or it is not.
> Currently no mechanism exists to control access to individual GPIOs.
> Hence add a GPIO driver to aggregate existing GPIOs, and expose them as
> a new gpiochip.
> This supports the following use cases:
>   - Aggregating GPIOs using Sysfs
>     This is useful for implementing access control, and assigning a set
>     of GPIOs to a specific user or virtual machine.
>   - Generic GPIO Driver
>     This is useful for industrial control, where it can provide
>     userspace access to a simple GPIO-operated device described in DT,
>     cfr. e.g. spidev for SPI-operated devices.
> Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <address@hidden>

> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/drivers/gpio/gpio-aggregator.c

> +static int gpio_fwd_set_config(struct gpio_chip *chip, unsigned int offset,
> +                              unsigned long config)
> +{
> +       struct gpiochip_fwd *fwd = gpiochip_get_data(chip);
> +
> +       chip = fwd->descs[offset]->gdev->chip;
> +       if (chip->set_config)

-       chip = fwd->descs[offset]->gdev->chip;
-       if (chip->set_config)
+       chip = gpiod_to_chip(fwd->descs[offset]);
+       if (chip && chip->set_config)

> +               return chip->set_config(chip, offset, config);

This is not correct: offset should be translated, too, i.e.

    offset = gpio_chip_hwgpio(fwd->descs[offset]);

Which adds a new dependency on "gpiolib.h"...

Is there a better alternative, than providing a public gpiod_set_config()



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