[Ccing Mike]

On 22.02.2014 23:02, Sylwester Nawrocki wrote:
On 02/21/2014 04:50 PM, Mark Rutland wrote:
On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 07:40:30PM +0000, Sylwester Nawrocki wrote:
+- #clock-cells: from the common clock bindings
+  must be 1. A clock provider is associated with the 'camera' node
and it should
+  be referenced by external sensors that use clocks provided by the
SoC on
+  CAM_*_CLKOUT pins. The clock specifier cell stores an index of a
+  The indices are 0, 1 for CAM_A_CLKOUT, CAM_B_CLKOUT clocks
+- clock-output-names: from the common clock bindings, should contain
names of
+  clocks registered by the camera subsystem corresponding to
+  CAM_B_CLKOUT output clocks, in this order. Parent clock of these
clocks are
+  specified be first two entries of the clock-names property.

Do you need this?

All right, that might have been a bad idea, it mixes names of clocks
by the main clock controller with names of clock input lines at the device.
It's a mistake I have been usually sensitive to and now made it myself. :/

My intention was to maintain the clock tree, since the camera block doesn't
generate the clock itself, it merely passes through the clocks from the
SoC main
clock controller (CMU). So clk parents need to be properly set and since
is no clock-output-names property at the CMU DT node,
cannot be used.

So presumably the DT binding would be only specifying that the sclk_cam0,
sclk_cam1 clock input entries are associated with output clocks named as
in clock-output-names property.

And the driver could either:
  1) hard code those (well defined) CMU clock (clk parent) names,

I don't think this would be a good idea, as those CMU clock names may vary between SoCs.

  2) clk_get() its input clock, retrieve name with __clk_get_name() and
    it as parent name to clk_register() - it sounds a bit hacky though.

This looks fine, at least until proper interface is added to CCF. Exynos audio subsystem clock driver does exactly the same.

However, the right thing would be to make it possible to use pointers to struct clk instead of strings to list parent(s). This could be done by adding .parents field (struct clk **) to clk_init_data struct and make clk_register() use it if available.

The output clock names could be also well defined by the binding per the
compatible. Nevertheless using clock-output-names seems cleaner to me than
defining character strings in the driver.

What do you think ?


Personally, I don't like clock-output-names at all. The idea of having a global namespace for all clock providers looks flawed to me. This property only tries to work around the not-quite-right design by giving device tree the right to force CCF to use particular internal clock identifiers and avoid collisions if two providers happen to have the same internal clock names.

I believe there should be completely no need for clock-output-names, (other than a textual label for debugging purposes, analogically to regulator-name). If one clock provider needs a clock from another, then you should list it using clock bindings in node of the former, not rely on some static name assignments.

Then, after eliminating the need to use static names anymore, the namespace could be split into per-provider namespaces and we would have no collision issue anymore.

Of course it's probably to late already for such changes, as there are already systems relying on clock-output-names (i.e. without inter-IP clock dependencies listed using clock bindings) and we would have to keep backwards compatibility anyway...


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