[lm-sensors] [PATCH] Support for DS75 thermal sensor

Wolfgang Grandegger wg at grandegger.com
Wed Jul 16 12:23:13 CEST 2008

Jean Delvare wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:50:15 +0200, Wolfgang Grandegger wrote:
>> Jean Delvare wrote:
>>> The problem is that at this point in time, only a couple hwmon drivers
>>> have been converted to new-style i2c. So, dropping the I2C_CLASS_HWMON
>>> would break most systems.
>>> I have a set of patches converting most hwmon drivers to new-style i2c.
>>> I plan to send it to Linus later today. Once all drivers are converted,
>>> everyone can start adding device definitions to platform code. And only
>>> once this is done for all platforms, you may remove I2C_CLASS_HWMON
>>> from the i2c-mpc driver.
>> Of course.
>>> But even then, you can't exclude the possibility that some people want
>>> to keep relying on the auto-detection mode. In that case, the setting
>> I understood that this is only true for the HWMON devices. Why the 
>> special treatment?
> Not really. There are other I2C_CLASS_* flags, just check <linux/i2c.h>.
> What makes hwmon a bit different is the historical context. Originally,
> the hwmon drivers were written for PCs, which have no per-system
> platform code, so declaring the devices was simply not an option.
> Additionally, i2c was maintained as part of the lm-sensors project
> itself. This determined the probe-everything approach that has ruled
> the i2c subsystem until recently. I've spent (with a few other
> developers) the past few years drawing a clear separation between i2c
> and hwmon, and now making it possible to declare i2c devices where
> possible. This is a lot of work if you want to do this without breaking
> any system out there (which is my case.)

I can image. Thanks for the explanation.
>>> of the I2C_CLASS_HWMON flag should become an attribute of each i2c-mpc
>>> device.
>> Yep, as probing might not be acceptable in some cases, I makes sense to 
>> add a property to suppress probing:
> It'd rather make no-probing the default if possible. My understanding
> is that all systems using i2c-mpc should have proper platform data.

Yep, unfortunately, HWMON devices are not defined in most cases.

> But then again, that's not really my business. The decision is left to
> the actual users of this i2c bus driver.

A RFC patch is in preparation.


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