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

Stefan Roese sr at denx.de
Mon Sep 17 15:34:08 EST 2007

On Sunday 16 September 2007, Eugene Surovegin wrote:
> Hmm, I just noticed that you basically added a copy of existing
> driver with small changes to support OF while keeping OCP one.
> Why not just add OF support to the existing code (under some ifdef),
> and then remove OCP support as soon as ppc -> powerpc transition is
> finished? Why have two almost identical code in the tree?

My understanding was, that adding many #ifdef's into the code was not the 
preferred way. I could of course change this patch to not add an additional 
driver but extend the existing driver with a bunch of #ifdef's to support 
both versions.

This approach of multiple drivers seems to be common in the kernel right now:




Any other opinions on this? How should this be handled to get accepted 
upstream? Two different drivers with removing the "old" one later when 
arch/ppc is gone, or one driver which supports both versions and removing the 
ocp support in this driver later?

> I also personally don't like this _iic -> _of name change (you
> removed peripheral name and added something which has nothing to do
> with iic, I never heard of OF peripheral in 4xx chips). Whether you
> use OCP or OF to pass a little information is quite irrelevant to the
> iic driver operation.

The "old" name "i2c-ibm_iic" is kind of redundant. Nearly all bus drivers are 
named "i2c-platform". Perhaps a better name would be "i2c-ppc4xx" then. 
This "of" name was borrowed from already existing device-tree aware drivers 
like drivers/mtd/maps/physmap_of.c or drivers/usb/host/ohci-ppc-of.c.

> If you insist on this approach, please add yourself as a maintainer of
> this code, because I'm not going to support two identical copies of my
> code in the kernel tree.

I "insist" in nothing. I'm just trying to get this device-tree aware I2C 
driver support upstream.

Best regards,

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