Revisited, audio codec device tree entries.

Grant Likely grant.likely at
Tue Nov 20 03:53:58 EST 2007

On 11/19/07, Timur Tabi <timur at> wrote:
> Grant Likely wrote:
> > You probably mean "don't use the of_platform bus to load the fabric
> > driver".
> Yes, that is what I meant.
> > He still needs to use the data in the device tree to decide
> > what fabric drivers to use.
> I'm not sure about that.  The fabric driver is tied to the platform itself,
> mostly because the fabric driver isn't really a device driver.  It's a
> platform driver, in that its job is to initialize the other device drivers, or
> make sure the kernel initializes them.  It's also responsible for telling ALSA
>   which driver does what and how they're connected.

Even it it's just based on the board "model" property; that's still
deciding what the ALSA fabric is based on data in the device tree.

> > Another option is to explicitly call of_platform_device_create in the
> > platform code on the fabric node (which should be a child of the root
> > node) so that you can have an of_platform_bus fabric driver.
> I don't fully understand platform drivers.  Do we really need a full-blown OF
> platform driver for this?

Both the platform bus and the of_platform bus do exactly the same
thing in a simple manner.  They allow devices to be matched with
drivers.  It is a low overhead mechanism.

In both cases, devices carry with them some metadata to describe the
devices.  For platform devices, that meta data is a resource structure
and a device specific pdata structure.  For of_platform devices, the
metadata is a pointer to a device tree node.

That's it.  Using either mechanism allows the platform code to say
"these devices are present" without having to explicitly call routines
into the driver.  In other words; it can provide late binding of
drivers to devices.


Grant Likely, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Secret Lab Technologies Ltd.
grant.likely at
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