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authorDavid Brownell <dbrownell@users.sourceforge.net>2009-04-21 12:24:49 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2009-04-21 13:41:50 -0700
commit6e538aaf50ae782a890cbc02c27950448d8193e1 (patch)
parent14fadca793e39742f442df53391cdd1437b9262f (diff)
spi: documentation: emphasise spi_master.setup() semantics
This is a doc-only patch which I hope will reduce the number of spi_master controller driver patches starting out with a common implementation bug. (As in: almost every spi_master driver I see starts out with its version of this bug. Sigh.) It just re-emphasizes that the setup() method may be called for one device while a transfer is active on another ... which means that most driver implementations shouldn't touch any registers. Signed-off-by: David Brownell <dbrownell@users.sourceforge.net> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2 files changed, 12 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/spi/spi-summary b/Documentation/spi/spi-summary
index 0f5122eb282b..4a02d2508bc8 100644
--- a/Documentation/spi/spi-summary
+++ b/Documentation/spi/spi-summary
@@ -511,10 +511,16 @@ SPI MASTER METHODS
This sets up the device clock rate, SPI mode, and word sizes.
Drivers may change the defaults provided by board_info, and then
call spi_setup(spi) to invoke this routine. It may sleep.
Unless each SPI slave has its own configuration registers, don't
change them right away ... otherwise drivers could corrupt I/O
that's in progress for other SPI devices.
+ ** BUG ALERT: for some reason the first version of
+ ** many spi_master drivers seems to get this wrong.
+ ** When you code setup(), ASSUME that the controller
+ ** is actively processing transfers for another device.
master->transfer(struct spi_device *spi, struct spi_message *message)
This must not sleep. Its responsibility is arrange that the
transfer happens and its complete() callback is issued. The two
diff --git a/include/linux/spi/spi.h b/include/linux/spi/spi.h
index 2cc43fa380cb..a0faa18f7b1b 100644
--- a/include/linux/spi/spi.h
+++ b/include/linux/spi/spi.h
@@ -245,7 +245,12 @@ struct spi_master {
u16 dma_alignment;
- /* setup mode and clock, etc (spi driver may call many times) */
+ /* Setup mode and clock, etc (spi driver may call many times).
+ *
+ * IMPORTANT: this may be called when transfers to another
+ * device are active. DO NOT UPDATE SHARED REGISTERS in ways
+ * which could break those transfers.
+ */
int (*setup)(struct spi_device *spi);
/* bidirectional bulk transfers