2016-01-05 19:58 GMT+01:00 Wolfram Sang <w...@the-dreams.de>:
> On Mon, Jan 04, 2016 at 03:01:54PM +0100, Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
>> 2016-01-02 21:50 GMT+01:00 Wolfram Sang <w...@the-dreams.de>:
>> > On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 02:55:10PM +0100, Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
>> >> 2015-12-11 13:08 GMT+01:00 Wolfram Sang <w...@the-dreams.de>:
>> >> > On Wed, Dec 02, 2015 at 11:25:17AM +0100, Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
>> >> >> Chips from the at24cs EEPROM series have an additional read-only 
>> >> >> memory area
>> >> >> containing a factory pre-programmed serial number. In order to access 
>> >> >> it, a
>> >> >> dummy write must be executed before reading the serial number bytes.
>> >> >
>> >> > Can't you instantiate a read-only EEPROM on this second address? Or a
>> >> > seperate driver attaching to this address? What is the advantage of
>> >> > having this in at24?
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> The regular memory area and serial number read-only block share the
>> >> internal address pointer. We must ensure that there's no race
>> >> conditions between normal EEPROM reads/writes and serial number reads.
>> >
>> > I don't get it. Both, regular at24 reads and the serial read, setup the
>> > pointer every time by using two messages, first write to set the
>> > pointer, then read. The per-adapter lock makes sure those two messages
>> > will not get interrupted.
>> If that's correct, then is there any need to have an additional mutex
>> for at24_data?
> I can't see a need, yes.

Then I'll see if it can be safely removed in the next iteration.

>> In that case would the preferred method be to access the regular
>> memory area like before - by allocating, for example, a 24c02 device -
>> while allocating a second device - in that case 24cs02 - on the
>> corresponding serial number address would give the user access to the
>> serial number via the eeprom sysfs attribute (which for the latter
>> would be read-only and 16 bytes in size)?
> Yes, a seperate driver for the second address is what I meant to suggest
> in the above paragraph. Only that the data should probably be exported
> via the NVMEM framework, not directly via sysfs. We have patches pending
> doing that for at24.

Right, but then these patches keep the driver backwards compatible in
that they keep the 'eeprom' sysfs attribute, so it's still a viable

> What happens if you assign another at24 instance (read-only) to the
> second address? I mean, there is not only the serial number, but also a
> MAC address IIRC.

Nothing - it can't be read with the regular driver. Its protocol
requires certain bits set just like in the function from patch 4/9 in
this series.

As for the MAC address - I can't find anything in the datasheet, and
haven't heard about it.

> Regards,
>    Wolfram

Best regards,
Bartosz Golaszewski
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