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authorJani Nikula <ext-jani.1.nikula@nokia.com>2009-09-22 16:46:33 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2009-09-23 07:39:46 -0700
commita4177ee7f1a83eecb1d75e85d32664b023ef65e9 (patch)
tree614b12b1f28a1a9090d96bea33639265e3e79839 /Documentation
parentd8c1acb1664d17dd995e34507533321e986d9215 (diff)
gpiolib: allow exported GPIO nodes to be named using sysfs links
Commit 926b663ce8215ba448960e1ff6e58b67a2c3b99b (gpiolib: allow GPIOs to be named) already provides naming on the chip level. This patch provides more flexibility by allowing multiple names where ever in sysfs on a per GPIO basis. Adapted from David Brownell's comments on a similar concept: http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/4/20/203. [randy.dunlap@oracle.com: fix build for CONFIG_GENERIC_GPIO=n] Signed-off-by: Jani Nikula <ext-jani.1.nikula@nokia.com> Acked-by: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net> Cc: Daniel Silverstone <dsilvers@simtec.co.uk> Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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diff --git a/Documentation/gpio.txt b/Documentation/gpio.txt
index e4b6985044a..566edaa56a5 100644
--- a/Documentation/gpio.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gpio.txt
@@ -555,6 +555,11 @@ requested using gpio_request():
/* reverse gpio_export() */
void gpio_unexport();
+ /* create a sysfs link to an exported GPIO node */
+ int gpio_export_link(struct device *dev, const char *name,
+ unsigned gpio)
After a kernel driver requests a GPIO, it may only be made available in
the sysfs interface by gpio_export(). The driver can control whether the
signal direction may change. This helps drivers prevent userspace code
@@ -563,3 +568,8 @@ from accidentally clobbering important system state.
This explicit exporting can help with debugging (by making some kinds
of experiments easier), or can provide an always-there interface that's
suitable for documenting as part of a board support package.
+After the GPIO has been exported, gpio_export_link() allows creating
+symlinks from elsewhere in sysfs to the GPIO sysfs node. Drivers can
+use this to provide the interface under their own device in sysfs with
+a descriptive name.