[i2c] [PATCH 2/2] i2c: Add devtree-aware iic support for PPC4xx

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Mon Oct 15 21:24:14 CEST 2007

Grant Likely wrote:
> On 10/15/07, Scott Wood <scottwood at freescale.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 10:57:48AM -0600, Grant Likely wrote:
>>> Segher is recommending that we use an aliases node as per the open
>>> firmware example for this.  I think in this case it would look
>>> something like this (but I'm not the expert):
>>> aliases {
>>>      IIC0 = "/path/to/bus/iic at 0x2000";
>>>      IIC1 = "/path/to/bus/iic at 0x2000";
>>> };
>> I think this is overly complicated; something like linux,i2c-index in the
>> i2c adapter node would be simpler.
> But not perhaps better.  Enumeration is a system-wide thing.  It does
> make sense to group all the device enumerations in one place.

For purposes of generating a Linux bus number, having to scan all 
aliases for a matching path and turn IIC0/IIC1 into a number is a bit silly.

For associating a device node with a human readable label, I'd prefer a 
"label" property in the device node, rather than doing it backwards with 

> As per your point below; if all the i2c devices are children of the
> adapter, then yes you are right that the bus number doesn't matter to
> the user.  But it *does* matter for things like serial and ethernet
> ports.

And a label property would be great for that. :-)

>> Though, I don't see what the problem with the original approach is, as long
>> as the numbers are chosen in the same way when registering i2c clients based
>> on the children of the adapter node.  There's no concept in the hardware
>> itself of a bus number.
> Even if you take this approach, the driver still need to know what bus
> number to use (as per the i2c infrastructure).  It is not sane for an
> i2c bus driver to attempt to assign the bus number itself because it
> could conflict with another arbitrarily chosen bus number from another
> driver.

Hence why global bus numbers suck. :-)

However, statically chosen numbers should only be done for platform 
devices, not dynamic things such as PCI, so in practice I don't think 
it'd be a problem.


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