oftree and external connected devices

David Gibson david at gibson.dropbear.id.au
Fri Sep 14 11:22:49 EST 2007

On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 08:29:13AM -0500, Olof Johansson wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 01:26:26PM +0200, Juergen Beisert wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'm using an MPC5200B based system with various external connected devices to 
> > its LocalPlusBus. On other architectures I would register them as platform 
> > devices (no chance to autodetect these devices). But on PowerPC architecture?
> If it's a special case of something that it's unlikely that you'll reuse
> the driver for, I'd say go ahead with a platform driver. There's nothing in the
> PPC kernel that stops it from working.
> We're just trying to avoid it for common devices that platforms might share,
> and instead of describing hardware in the platform devices setup, describe it
> in the device tree instead.
> So it depends on how much work you want to invest in it, and if you're
> planning on ever submitting the driver upstream. If you are, going
> with a simple device tree definiton would be best (the kernel side,
> to move a platform driver to instead be an of_platform driver is easy,
> and can be done afterwards).
> > Is the oftree description also intended to describe these kind of external 
> > devices, or only SoC's internal devices? If its also intended for external 
> > devices, how to do so? Are there any examples? I didn't find anything useful 
> > yet.
> It can be used to describe on-board or off-board devices alike.

And should be used to describe any devices that can't otherwise be
probed, whether they're on-board or not.

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