Re: [PATCH v3 2/4] pinctrl: pinctrl-imx: add imx pinctrl core driver

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On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 08:28:16AM +0200, Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD wrote:
> On 13:48 Fri 27 Apr     , Shawn Guo wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 05:15:36PM +0200, Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD wrote:
> > > We have on Imx mxc at91 and other SoC controler hich you configure per pin
> > > 
> > > which means one pin have multiple function and the same function is on
> > > multiple pins
> > > 
> > > so the groups are just a list of possible pins
> > > 
> > > Instead of re-inventing bindings we do need to come with a common binding whre
> > > it's possible
> > > 
> > > So instead I proppose (send in the v2) to use common way to describe the group
> > > 
> > Let's see how many nodes we will have in device tree.  For imx6q
> > example, there are 332 pins and each pin has up to 8 function selects.
> > We will end up with having 332 x 8 = 2656 sub nodes under node
> > "functions".  Device tree simply cannot afford such a bloating.
> device tree can offord it
> 
No.  Device tree maintainers has told that.  Looking into the clock DT
binding discussion, you will find that Grant does not like to have
even 100~200 nodes to represent an entire clock tree in the DT.

With your proposal (actually this has been proposed long time before),
to represent the pins for a 24bit display, it easily consumes 28 nodes
on mach-mxs, while my binding only needs one node.  So in short, the
proposal has been discussed and it's not a sensible one.

Regards,
Shawn

> except you are going to have hundereds of duplicated pinctrl configuration
> as different board will have different mux which is impossbile to maintain
> either
> 
> and I do not expect we add all the configuration possible but just the common
> one
> 
> Best Regards,
> J.

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