[PATCH] staging: fieldbus: anybuss: force address space conversion

Sven Van Asbroeck thesven73 at gmail.com
Tue May 21 16:53:45 UTC 2019

On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 12:24 PM Greg KH <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> what is so odd about this code that makes you have to jump through
> strange hoops that no other driver has to?

Basically because it creates a regmap which accesses __iomem memory,
instead of i2c/spi.

This was done because future hardware in the company's pipeline will access
device register space through spi, instead of through a parallel memory bus.

The lower driver just has to create the appropriate regmap, __iomem or
spi, and pass it to the
upper driver, which does not have to know about the exact way the h/w
gets accessed.
So regmap is used as a hw abstraction layer.

The issue here is that a regmap context is a 'void *' yet the parallel
memory base pointer
is 'void __iomem *'. And so the two are incompatible.

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