[Skiboot] [RFC PATCH 0/3] hwmon: (ibmpowernv) add DTS support

Guenter Roeck linux at roeck-us.net
Sat Feb 21 10:52:39 AEDT 2015

On 02/20/2015 12:15 PM, Cedric Le Goater wrote:
> On 02/20/2015 05:52 PM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 04:07:34PM +0100, C├ędric Le Goater wrote:
>>> Hello !
>>> These patches rework the ibmpowernv driver to support the new device
>>> tree as proposed by this patchset on the skiboot mailing list :
>>>    https://lists.ozlabs.org/pipermail/skiboot/2015-February/000457.html
>>> They are based on Linux 3.19 and were tested on IBM Power and Open Power
>>> systems running trusty.
>>> The main issue is that the new device tree is incompatible with the
>>> previous ibmpowernv drivers. The consequence is no powernv sensors
>>> on systems with such a opal/linux configuration.
>> I don't think that would be acceptable. There must be lots of such
>> systems out there. Why does it have to be incompatible ?
>> Can't it support both the old and new versions ?
> I should have provided more explanation in the Linux patchset. Sorry
> for that. Here is the rationale behind this brutal code change.
> The initial ibmpowernv driver was designed in the early days of the
> powernv platform and the device tree it is using to expose the sensors
> has some limitations that makes it difficult to add new ones. The current
> layout of the device tree is also tightly coupled to IBM Power systems
> and their service processor (FSP). Open Power systems are different and
> need a different solution.
> It is to get more sensors out the P8 (and there are quite a few) that
> the OPAL patchset [1] proposes a new device tree. On the Linux side, it
> feels simpler to make a jump forward and break the compatibility than
> to maintain multiple branches of code just to keep alive an early v1
> of the ibmpowernv driver.

Would it possibly be appropriate to write a different driver for the new
device tree ?


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