[linux-dvb] [PATCH] make the registers of the stv0297 visible for other applications (e.g. i2cdump)

Trent Piepho xyzzy at speakeasy.org
Sat May 19 20:48:09 CEST 2007

On Fri, 18 May 2007, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> On Fri, May 18, 2007 at 04:48:13PM +0200, e9hack wrote:
> > Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> > > According to linux/Documentation/i2c/i2c-protocol.txt the correct
> > > way to get a STOP condition between two I2C messages is send them
> > > in seperate I2C transactions.
> >
> > I don't find this description in i2c-protocol.
> It's not written explicitly, but it says
> you need to use a "Simple send transaction" and/or
> a "Simple receive transaction" instead of a
> "Combined transaction" if you want a STOP bit
> in between. That's how i2c-core is designed.
> > IMHO, it isn't possible
> > to split a read request into a single write and a single read request
> > outside of the core device. The device must be locked during both
> > transfers. If the device isn't locked, it is possible that another
> > transfer will change the slave offset before the content is read. This
> > may occur with the current implementation.
> If locking is necessary the drivers would need to
> handle this explicitely (I think it isn't unless ou start
> messing mith /dev/i2c concurrently).
> Or you could propose a change to i2c-core to add
> a I2C_M_STOP flag (analogous to I2C_M_NOSTART), which
> then would have to be implemented by all i2c bus drivers.

It seems like this is the only way to send multiple stops in a single
atomic transaction.  All drivers wouldn't have to implement it, just the
ones where someone actually wants this ability.  Few drivers actually
implement all of the existing i2c features.

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