ARM clock API to PowerPC

Russell King rmk at
Thu Aug 13 09:40:48 EST 2009

On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 08:52:49AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-08-12 at 23:28 +0100, Russell King wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 07:56:32AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > > Maybe we can make clock-names non-optional though in the DT as an
> > > incentive not to use the simple 1-clock "NULL" path.
> > 
> > We used to pass names.  Everyone got the idea that they could ignore
> > the struct device argument, and chaos ensued in drivers - people wanted
> > to name each of their individual clk structures uniquely, and pass
> > clock names, or even struct clk pointers into drivers via platform data.
> > Some drivers conditionalized the clock name depending on the SoC they
> > were built for in the driver code.
> Hi Russell ! Thanks a lot for your feedback.
> Ok. So I may have misunderstood what names were for. In my mind, those
> were the name of the clock input on the HW device :-)

Oh, I do hope I didn't say that was wrong, because that is quite
correct.  What the idea with passing a NULL 'name' with drivers
which only had one input was to force people to avoid using 'name'
as the sole way to match.

When I originally wrote the AMBA primecell drivers, I did use things
like 'UARTCLK' and 'AACICLK' for the clk_get() name - since these
were the name on the device, and that really only provided people
with a bad example to follow.  Especially if you consider that the
hardware I had was FPGA based development boards where the clocking
layout lent itself well to ignoring the 'dev' argument.

> Right. I didn't intend to name the clock sources. I intended to name the
> clock -inputs- of a given device. IE. clk_get(dev, name) in my mind
> meant "give me the clock provider that feeds my "name" input).

That's absolutely the right way to look at it!

> Allright but passing a NULL doesn't help for drivers with multiple clock
> inputs. IE. How do you want to deal with that ? Do you want to deprecate
> the named API and instead provide a new clk_get_for_input(dev,
> clk_input) (clk_input could be name or numerical ... tbd) ?

NULL certainly doesn't help for drivers with multiple clock inputs.
For those, you have to explicitly name the input.  To take the
example commits I pointed at (the OMAP watchdog driver) OMAP blocks
generally have two clock inputs - a functional clock and an
interface clock.

Originally, the driver was effectively setup to match by clock source
name (wdt2_fck, wdt2_ick) which was SoC specific.  What the commits
did was convert things to looking using the names of the inputs
(aka consumer name) - so dev + "fck" and dev + "ick".

That results in clkdev looking up the clocks for device "omap_wdt"
for inputs "fck" and "ick" respectively.  On OMAP1 platforms, there
isn't an "ick" as such, so there's a match-any-device dummy "ick"
entry.  On OMAP2 and OMAP3 (the later revs) there are specific
clocks for these, and so the dummy entry is missing.

So, the approach I took was: where it is well defined that a device
has only one clock input, we pass a NULL name.  If it has more than
one clock input, we pass the specific consumer name required.

> Or am I missing a piece of the puzzle ?

Maybe - and since you're just starting to look at clkdev, I'll point
out that it's actually not intuitive which way around the "wildcard"
matching works in clkdev.  The clk_get() arguments aren't the
wildcards, they're in the clk_lookup structure.  Yes, it seems odd,
but if you consider it from the point of view of the platform code
wanting to match clocks to a specific set of devices and clock inputs,
it's actually the way around that you want.

Russell King

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