Am 07.03.2018 um 17:22 schrieb Rafał Miłecki:
On 2 March 2018 at 10:22, Sebastian Gottschall <> wrote:
leds-gpio is crap and limited. you can just register one platform data at
kernel runtime since its identified by its object name "led-gpio" but the
kernel forbidds to register 2 platform datas with the same name
consider the ar71xx devices with qca988x wifi chipsets. they all have
already a led platform data registered
at boottime. a second can't be registered anymore so gpio_led is useless
all for most developers on such platforms. its mainly used for early
platform data initialisation for system leds.
If leds-gpio has limitations, please fix those, rather then
introducing duplicated code.
there is no duplicated code introduced and there is no solution for it.
consider that all wifi drivers with softled support
are going that way with registering a own led driver. see ath9k for
instance. gpio-led cannot be used for it and there is no way to
support multiple platform datas with the same name. its a kernel limitation
I just reviewed some mips arch patch adding support for more LEDs for
selected devices:
[PATCH] MIPS: BCM47XX: Add Luxul XAP1500/XWR1750 WiFi LEDs

It seems to be simply adding another call to the
gpio_led_register_device(). It seems to me you can call that function
multiple times and register multiple structs with LEDs.

Isn't all you need something like this?

static const struct gpio_led ath10k_leds[] = {
                 .name = "ath10k:color:function",
                 .active_low = 1,
                 .default_state = LEDS_GPIO_DEFSTATE_KEEP,

static struct gpio_led_platform_data bcm47xx_leds_pdata_extra = {
         leds = ath10k_leds;
         num_leds = ARRAY_SIZE(ath10k_leds);

ath10k_leds.gpio = ar->hw_params.led_pin;
gpio_led_register_device(0, &ath10k_leds);
the problem are other architectures which have already registered gpio_led at system start like ar71xx you cannot register a second one. so a independend led driver is a requirement for direct control


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