1GPIO Interfaces
   3This provides an overview of GPIO access conventions on Linux.
   5These calls use the gpio_* naming prefix.  No other calls should use that
   6prefix, or the related __gpio_* prefix.
   9What is a GPIO?
  11A "General Purpose Input/Output" (GPIO) is a flexible software-controlled
  12digital signal.  They are provided from many kinds of chip, and are familiar
  13to Linux developers working with embedded and custom hardware.  Each GPIO
  14represents a bit connected to a particular pin, or "ball" on Ball Grid Array
  15(BGA) packages.  Board schematics show which external hardware connects to
  16which GPIOs.  Drivers can be written generically, so that board setup code
  17passes such pin configuration data to drivers.
  19System-on-Chip (SOC) processors heavily rely on GPIOs.  In some cases, every
  20non-dedicated pin can be configured as a GPIO; and most chips have at least
  21several dozen of them.  Programmable logic devices (like FPGAs) can easily
  22provide GPIOs; multifunction chips like power managers, and audio codecs
  23often have a few such pins to help with pin scarcity on SOCs; and there are
  24also "GPIO Expander" chips that connect using the I2C or SPI serial busses.
  25Most PC southbridges have a few dozen GPIO-capable pins (with only the BIOS
  26firmware knowing how they're used).
  28The exact capabilities of GPIOs vary between systems.  Common options:
  30  - Output values are writable (high=1, low=0).  Some chips also have
  31    options about how that value is driven, so that for example only one
  32    value might be driven ... supporting "wire-OR" and similar schemes
  33    for the other value (notably, "open drain" signaling).
  35  - Input values are likewise readable (1, 0).  Some chips support readback
  36    of pins configured as "output", which is very useful in such "wire-OR"
  37    cases (to support bidirectional signaling).  GPIO controllers may have
  38    input de-glitch/debounce logic, sometimes with software controls.
  40  - Inputs can often be used as IRQ signals, often edge triggered but
  41    sometimes level triggered.  Such IRQs may be configurable as system
  42    wakeup events, to wake the system from a low power state.
  44  - Usually a GPIO will be configurable as either input or output, as needed
  45    by different product boards; single direction ones exist too.
  47  - Most GPIOs can be accessed while holding spinlocks, but those accessed
  48    through a serial bus normally can't.  Some systems support both types.
  50On a given board each GPIO is used for one specific purpose like monitoring
  51MMC/SD card insertion/removal, detecting card writeprotect status, driving
  52a LED, configuring a transceiver, bitbanging a serial bus, poking a hardware
  53watchdog, sensing a switch, and so on.
  56GPIO conventions
  58Note that this is called a "convention" because you don't need to do it this
  59way, and it's no crime if you don't.  There **are** cases where portability
  60is not the main issue; GPIOs are often used for the kind of board-specific
  61glue logic that may even change between board revisions, and can't ever be
  62used on a board that's wired differently.  Only least-common-denominator
  63functionality can be very portable.  Other features are platform-specific,
  64and that can be critical for glue logic.
  66Plus, this doesn't require any implementation framework, just an interface.
  67One platform might implement it as simple inline functions accessing chip
  68registers; another might implement it by delegating through abstractions
  69used for several very different kinds of GPIO controller.  (There is some
  70optional code supporting such an implementation strategy, described later
  71in this document, but drivers acting as clients to the GPIO interface must
  72not care how it's implemented.)
  74That said, if the convention is supported on their platform, drivers should
  75use it when possible.  Platforms must declare GENERIC_GPIO support in their
  76Kconfig (boolean true), and provide an <asm/gpio.h> file.  Drivers that can't
  77work without standard GPIO calls should have Kconfig entries which depend
  78on GENERIC_GPIO.  The GPIO calls are available, either as "real code" or as
  79optimized-away stubs, when drivers use the include file:
  81        #include <linux/gpio.h>
  83If you stick to this convention then it'll be easier for other developers to
  84see what your code is doing, and help maintain it.
  86Note that these operations include I/O barriers on platforms which need to
  87use them; drivers don't need to add them explicitly.
  90Identifying GPIOs
  92GPIOs are identified by unsigned integers in the range 0..MAX_INT.  That
  93reserves "negative" numbers for other purposes like marking signals as
  94"not available on this board", or indicating faults.  Code that doesn't
  95touch the underlying hardware treats these integers as opaque cookies.
  97Platforms define how they use those integers, and usually #define symbols
  98for the GPIO lines so that board-specific setup code directly corresponds
  99to the relevant schematics.  In contrast, drivers should only use GPIO
 100numbers passed to them from that setup code, using platform_data to hold
 101board-specific pin configuration data (along with other board specific
 102data they need).  That avoids portability problems.
 104So for example one platform uses numbers 32-159 for GPIOs; while another
 105uses numbers 0..63 with one set of GPIO controllers, 64-79 with another
 106type of GPIO controller, and on one particular board 80-95 with an FPGA.
 107The numbers need not be contiguous; either of those platforms could also
 108use numbers 2000-2063 to identify GPIOs in a bank of I2C GPIO expanders.
 110If you want to initialize a structure with an invalid GPIO number, use
 111some negative number (perhaps "-EINVAL"); that will never be valid.  To
 112test if such number from such a structure could reference a GPIO, you
 113may use this predicate:
 115        int gpio_is_valid(int number);
 117A number that's not valid will be rejected by calls which may request
 118or free GPIOs (see below).  Other numbers may also be rejected; for
 119example, a number might be valid but temporarily unused on a given board.
 121Whether a platform supports multiple GPIO controllers is a platform-specific
 122implementation issue, as are whether that support can leave "holes" in the space
 123of GPIO numbers, and whether new controllers can be added at runtime.  Such issues
 124can affect things including whether adjacent GPIO numbers are both valid.
 126Using GPIOs
 128The first thing a system should do with a GPIO is allocate it, using
 129the gpio_request() call; see later.
 131One of the next things to do with a GPIO, often in board setup code when
 132setting up a platform_device using the GPIO, is mark its direction:
 134        /* set as input or output, returning 0 or negative errno */
 135        int gpio_direction_input(unsigned gpio);
 136        int gpio_direction_output(unsigned gpio, int value);
 138The return value is zero for success, else a negative errno.  It should
 139be checked, since the get/set calls don't have error returns and since
 140misconfiguration is possible.  You should normally issue these calls from
 141a task context.  However, for spinlock-safe GPIOs it's OK to use them
 142before tasking is enabled, as part of early board setup.
 144For output GPIOs, the value provided becomes the initial output value.
 145This helps avoid signal glitching during system startup.
 147For compatibility with legacy interfaces to GPIOs, setting the direction
 148of a GPIO implicitly requests that GPIO (see below) if it has not been
 149requested already.  That compatibility is being removed from the optional
 150gpiolib framework.
 152Setting the direction can fail if the GPIO number is invalid, or when
 153that particular GPIO can't be used in that mode.  It's generally a bad
 154idea to rely on boot firmware to have set the direction correctly, since
 155it probably wasn't validated to do more than boot Linux.  (Similarly,
 156that board setup code probably needs to multiplex that pin as a GPIO,
 157and configure pullups/pulldowns appropriately.)
 160Spinlock-Safe GPIO access
 162Most GPIO controllers can be accessed with memory read/write instructions.
 163Those don't need to sleep, and can safely be done from inside hard
 164(nonthreaded) IRQ handlers and similar contexts.
 166Use the following calls to access such GPIOs,
 167for which gpio_cansleep() will always return false (see below):
 169        /* GPIO INPUT:  return zero or nonzero */
 170        int gpio_get_value(unsigned gpio);
 172        /* GPIO OUTPUT */
 173        void gpio_set_value(unsigned gpio, int value);
 175The values are boolean, zero for low, nonzero for high.  When reading the
 176value of an output pin, the value returned should be what's seen on the
 177pin ... that won't always match the specified output value, because of
 178issues including open-drain signaling and output latencies.
 180The get/set calls have no error returns because "invalid GPIO" should have
 181been reported earlier from gpio_direction_*().  However, note that not all
 182platforms can read the value of output pins; those that can't should always
 183return zero.  Also, using these calls for GPIOs that can't safely be accessed
 184without sleeping (see below) is an error.
 186Platform-specific implementations are encouraged to optimize the two
 187calls to access the GPIO value in cases where the GPIO number (and for
 188output, value) are constant.  It's normal for them to need only a couple
 189of instructions in such cases (reading or writing a hardware register),
 190and not to need spinlocks.  Such optimized calls can make bitbanging
 191applications a lot more efficient (in both space and time) than spending
 192dozens of instructions on subroutine calls.
 195GPIO access that may sleep
 197Some GPIO controllers must be accessed using message based busses like I2C
 198or SPI.  Commands to read or write those GPIO values require waiting to
 199get to the head of a queue to transmit a command and get its response.
 200This requires sleeping, which can't be done from inside IRQ handlers.
 202Platforms that support this type of GPIO distinguish them from other GPIOs
 203by returning nonzero from this call (which requires a valid GPIO number,
 204which should have been previously allocated with gpio_request):
 206        int gpio_cansleep(unsigned gpio);
 208To access such GPIOs, a different set of accessors is defined:
 210        /* GPIO INPUT:  return zero or nonzero, might sleep */
 211        int gpio_get_value_cansleep(unsigned gpio);
 213        /* GPIO OUTPUT, might sleep */
 214        void gpio_set_value_cansleep(unsigned gpio, int value);
 217Accessing such GPIOs requires a context which may sleep,  for example
 218a threaded IRQ handler, and those accessors must be used instead of
 219spinlock-safe accessors without the cansleep() name suffix.
 221Other than the fact that these accessors might sleep, and will work
 222on GPIOs that can't be accessed from hardIRQ handlers, these calls act
 223the same as the spinlock-safe calls.
 225  ** IN ADDITION ** calls to setup and configure such GPIOs must be made
 226from contexts which may sleep, since they may need to access the GPIO
 227controller chip too:  (These setup calls are usually made from board
 228setup or driver probe/teardown code, so this is an easy constraint.)
 230        gpio_direction_input()
 231        gpio_direction_output()
 232        gpio_request()
 234##      gpio_request_one()
 235##      gpio_request_array()
 236##      gpio_free_array()
 238        gpio_free()
 239        gpio_set_debounce()
 243Claiming and Releasing GPIOs
 245To help catch system configuration errors, two calls are defined.
 247        /* request GPIO, returning 0 or negative errno.
 248         * non-null labels may be useful for diagnostics.
 249         */
 250        int gpio_request(unsigned gpio, const char *label);
 252        /* release previously-claimed GPIO */
 253        void gpio_free(unsigned gpio);
 255Passing invalid GPIO numbers to gpio_request() will fail, as will requesting
 256GPIOs that have already been claimed with that call.  The return value of
 257gpio_request() must be checked.  You should normally issue these calls from
 258a task context.  However, for spinlock-safe GPIOs it's OK to request GPIOs
 259before tasking is enabled, as part of early board setup.
 261These calls serve two basic purposes.  One is marking the signals which
 262are actually in use as GPIOs, for better diagnostics; systems may have
 263several hundred potential GPIOs, but often only a dozen are used on any
 264given board.  Another is to catch conflicts, identifying errors when
 265(a) two or more drivers wrongly think they have exclusive use of that
 266signal, or (b) something wrongly believes it's safe to remove drivers
 267needed to manage a signal that's in active use.  That is, requesting a
 268GPIO can serve as a kind of lock.
 270Some platforms may also use knowledge about what GPIOs are active for
 271power management, such as by powering down unused chip sectors and, more
 272easily, gating off unused clocks.
 274For GPIOs that use pins known to the pinctrl subsystem, that subsystem should
 275be informed of their use; a gpiolib driver's .request() operation may call
 276pinctrl_request_gpio(), and a gpiolib driver's .free() operation may call
 277pinctrl_free_gpio(). The pinctrl subsystem allows a pinctrl_request_gpio()
 278to succeed concurrently with a pin or pingroup being "owned" by a device for
 279pin multiplexing.
 281Any programming of pin multiplexing hardware that is needed to route the
 282GPIO signal to the appropriate pin should occur within a GPIO driver's
 283.direction_input() or .direction_output() operations, and occur after any
 284setup of an output GPIO's value. This allows a glitch-free migration from a
 285pin's special function to GPIO. This is sometimes required when using a GPIO
 286to implement a workaround on signals typically driven by a non-GPIO HW block.
 288Some platforms allow some or all GPIO signals to be routed to different pins.
 289Similarly, other aspects of the GPIO or pin may need to be configured, such as
 290pullup/pulldown. Platform software should arrange that any such details are
 291configured prior to gpio_request() being called for those GPIOs, e.g. using
 292the pinctrl subsystem's mapping table, so that GPIO users need not be aware
 293of these details.
 295Also note that it's your responsibility to have stopped using a GPIO
 296before you free it.
 298Considering in most cases GPIOs are actually configured right after they
 299are claimed, three additional calls are defined:
 301        /* request a single GPIO, with initial configuration specified by
 302         * 'flags', identical to gpio_request() wrt other arguments and
 303         * return value
 304         */
 305        int gpio_request_one(unsigned gpio, unsigned long flags, const char *label);
 307        /* request multiple GPIOs in a single call
 308         */
 309        int gpio_request_array(struct gpio *array, size_t num);
 311        /* release multiple GPIOs in a single call
 312         */
 313        void gpio_free_array(struct gpio *array, size_t num);
 315where 'flags' is currently defined to specify the following properties:
 317        * GPIOF_DIR_IN          - to configure direction as input
 318        * GPIOF_DIR_OUT         - to configure direction as output
 320        * GPIOF_INIT_LOW        - as output, set initial level to LOW
 321        * GPIOF_INIT_HIGH       - as output, set initial level to HIGH
 322        * GPIOF_OPEN_DRAIN      - gpio pin is open drain type.
 323        * GPIOF_OPEN_SOURCE     - gpio pin is open source type.
 325        * GPIOF_EXPORT_DIR_FIXED        - export gpio to sysfs, keep direction
 326        * GPIOF_EXPORT_DIR_CHANGEABLE   - also export, allow changing direction
 328since GPIOF_INIT_* are only valid when configured as output, so group valid
 329combinations as:
 331        * GPIOF_IN              - configure as input
 332        * GPIOF_OUT_INIT_LOW    - configured as output, initial level LOW
 333        * GPIOF_OUT_INIT_HIGH   - configured as output, initial level HIGH
 335When setting the flag as GPIOF_OPEN_DRAIN then it will assume that pins is
 336open drain type. Such pins will not be driven to 1 in output mode. It is
 337require to connect pull-up on such pins. By enabling this flag, gpio lib will
 338make the direction to input when it is asked to set value of 1 in output mode
 339to make the pin HIGH. The pin is make to LOW by driving value 0 in output mode.
 341When setting the flag as GPIOF_OPEN_SOURCE then it will assume that pins is
 342open source type. Such pins will not be driven to 0 in output mode. It is
 343require to connect pull-down on such pin. By enabling this flag, gpio lib will
 344make the direction to input when it is asked to set value of 0 in output mode
 345to make the pin LOW. The pin is make to HIGH by driving value 1 in output mode.
 347In the future, these flags can be extended to support more properties.
 349Further more, to ease the claim/release of multiple GPIOs, 'struct gpio' is
 350introduced to encapsulate all three fields as:
 352        struct gpio {
 353                unsigned        gpio;
 354                unsigned long   flags;
 355                const char      *label;
 356        };
 358A typical example of usage:
 360        static struct gpio leds_gpios[] = {
 361                { 32, GPIOF_OUT_INIT_HIGH, "Power LED" }, /* default to ON */
 362                { 33, GPIOF_OUT_INIT_LOW,  "Green LED" }, /* default to OFF */
 363                { 34, GPIOF_OUT_INIT_LOW,  "Red LED"   }, /* default to OFF */
 364                { 35, GPIOF_OUT_INIT_LOW,  "Blue LED"  }, /* default to OFF */
 365                { ... },
 366        };
 368        err = gpio_request_one(31, GPIOF_IN, "Reset Button");
 369        if (err)
 370                ...
 372        err = gpio_request_array(leds_gpios, ARRAY_SIZE(leds_gpios));
 373        if (err)
 374                ...
 376        gpio_free_array(leds_gpios, ARRAY_SIZE(leds_gpios));
 379GPIOs mapped to IRQs
 381GPIO numbers are unsigned integers; so are IRQ numbers.  These make up
 382two logically distinct namespaces (GPIO 0 need not use IRQ 0).  You can
 383map between them using calls like:
 385        /* map GPIO numbers to IRQ numbers */
 386        int gpio_to_irq(unsigned gpio);
 388        /* map IRQ numbers to GPIO numbers (avoid using this) */
 389        int irq_to_gpio(unsigned irq);
 391Those return either the corresponding number in the other namespace, or
 392else a negative errno code if the mapping can't be done.  (For example,
 393some GPIOs can't be used as IRQs.)  It is an unchecked error to use a GPIO
 394number that wasn't set up as an input using gpio_direction_input(), or
 395to use an IRQ number that didn't originally come from gpio_to_irq().
 397These two mapping calls are expected to cost on the order of a single
 398addition or subtraction.  They're not allowed to sleep.
 400Non-error values returned from gpio_to_irq() can be passed to request_irq()
 401or free_irq().  They will often be stored into IRQ resources for platform
 402devices, by the board-specific initialization code.  Note that IRQ trigger
 403options are part of the IRQ interface, e.g. IRQF_TRIGGER_FALLING, as are
 404system wakeup capabilities.
 406Non-error values returned from irq_to_gpio() would most commonly be used
 407with gpio_get_value(), for example to initialize or update driver state
 408when the IRQ is edge-triggered.  Note that some platforms don't support
 409this reverse mapping, so you should avoid using it.
 412Emulating Open Drain Signals
 414Sometimes shared signals need to use "open drain" signaling, where only the
 415low signal level is actually driven.  (That term applies to CMOS transistors;
 416"open collector" is used for TTL.)  A pullup resistor causes the high signal
 417level.  This is sometimes called a "wire-AND"; or more practically, from the
 418negative logic (low=true) perspective this is a "wire-OR".
 420One common example of an open drain signal is a shared active-low IRQ line.
 421Also, bidirectional data bus signals sometimes use open drain signals.
 423Some GPIO controllers directly support open drain outputs; many don't.  When
 424you need open drain signaling but your hardware doesn't directly support it,
 425there's a common idiom you can use to emulate it with any GPIO pin that can
 426be used as either an input or an output:
 428 LOW:   gpio_direction_output(gpio, 0) ... this drives the signal
 429        and overrides the pullup.
 431 HIGH:  gpio_direction_input(gpio) ... this turns off the output,
 432        so the pullup (or some other device) controls the signal.
 434If you are "driving" the signal high but gpio_get_value(gpio) reports a low
 435value (after the appropriate rise time passes), you know some other component
 436is driving the shared signal low.  That's not necessarily an error.  As one
 437common example, that's how I2C clocks are stretched:  a slave that needs a
 438slower clock delays the rising edge of SCK, and the I2C master adjusts its
 439signaling rate accordingly.
 442What do these conventions omit?
 444One of the biggest things these conventions omit is pin multiplexing, since
 445this is highly chip-specific and nonportable.  One platform might not need
 446explicit multiplexing; another might have just two options for use of any
 447given pin; another might have eight options per pin; another might be able
 448to route a given GPIO to any one of several pins.  (Yes, those examples all
 449come from systems that run Linux today.)
 451Related to multiplexing is configuration and enabling of the pullups or
 452pulldowns integrated on some platforms.  Not all platforms support them,
 453or support them in the same way; and any given board might use external
 454pullups (or pulldowns) so that the on-chip ones should not be used.
 455(When a circuit needs 5 kOhm, on-chip 100 kOhm resistors won't do.)
 456Likewise drive strength (2 mA vs 20 mA) and voltage (1.8V vs 3.3V) is a
 457platform-specific issue, as are models like (not) having a one-to-one
 458correspondence between configurable pins and GPIOs.
 460There are other system-specific mechanisms that are not specified here,
 461like the aforementioned options for input de-glitching and wire-OR output.
 462Hardware may support reading or writing GPIOs in gangs, but that's usually
 463configuration dependent:  for GPIOs sharing the same bank.  (GPIOs are
 464commonly grouped in banks of 16 or 32, with a given SOC having several such
 465banks.)  Some systems can trigger IRQs from output GPIOs, or read values
 466from pins not managed as GPIOs.  Code relying on such mechanisms will
 467necessarily be nonportable.
 469Dynamic definition of GPIOs is not currently standard; for example, as
 470a side effect of configuring an add-on board with some GPIO expanders.
 473GPIO implementor's framework (OPTIONAL)
 475As noted earlier, there is an optional implementation framework making it
 476easier for platforms to support different kinds of GPIO controller using
 477the same programming interface.  This framework is called "gpiolib".
 479As a debugging aid, if debugfs is available a /sys/kernel/debug/gpio file
 480will be found there.  That will list all the controllers registered through
 481this framework, and the state of the GPIOs currently in use.
 484Controller Drivers: gpio_chip
 486In this framework each GPIO controller is packaged as a "struct gpio_chip"
 487with information common to each controller of that type:
 489 - methods to establish GPIO direction
 490 - methods used to access GPIO values
 491 - flag saying whether calls to its methods may sleep
 492 - optional debugfs dump method (showing extra state like pullup config)
 493 - label for diagnostics
 495There is also per-instance data, which may come from device.platform_data:
 496the number of its first GPIO, and how many GPIOs it exposes.
 498The code implementing a gpio_chip should support multiple instances of the
 499controller, possibly using the driver model.  That code will configure each
 500gpio_chip and issue gpiochip_add().  Removing a GPIO controller should be
 501rare; use gpiochip_remove() when it is unavoidable.
 503Most often a gpio_chip is part of an instance-specific structure with state
 504not exposed by the GPIO interfaces, such as addressing, power management,
 505and more.  Chips such as codecs will have complex non-GPIO state.
 507Any debugfs dump method should normally ignore signals which haven't been
 508requested as GPIOs.  They can use gpiochip_is_requested(), which returns
 509either NULL or the label associated with that GPIO when it was requested.
 512Platform Support
 514To support this framework, a platform's Kconfig will "select" either
 516and arrange that its <asm/gpio.h> includes <asm-generic/gpio.h> and defines
 517three functions: gpio_get_value(), gpio_set_value(), and gpio_cansleep().
 519It may also provide a custom value for ARCH_NR_GPIOS, so that it better
 520reflects the number of GPIOs in actual use on that platform, without
 521wasting static table space.  (It should count both built-in/SoC GPIOs and
 522also ones on GPIO expanders.
 524ARCH_REQUIRE_GPIOLIB means that the gpiolib code will always get compiled
 525into the kernel on that architecture.
 527ARCH_WANT_OPTIONAL_GPIOLIB means the gpiolib code defaults to off and the user
 528can enable it and build it into the kernel optionally.
 530If neither of these options are selected, the platform does not support
 531GPIOs through GPIO-lib and the code cannot be enabled by the user.
 533Trivial implementations of those functions can directly use framework
 534code, which always dispatches through the gpio_chip:
 536  #define gpio_get_value        __gpio_get_value
 537  #define gpio_set_value        __gpio_set_value
 538  #define gpio_cansleep         __gpio_cansleep
 540Fancier implementations could instead define those as inline functions with
 541logic optimizing access to specific SOC-based GPIOs.  For example, if the
 542referenced GPIO is the constant "12", getting or setting its value could
 543cost as little as two or three instructions, never sleeping.  When such an
 544optimization is not possible those calls must delegate to the framework
 545code, costing at least a few dozen instructions.  For bitbanged I/O, such
 546instruction savings can be significant.
 548For SOCs, platform-specific code defines and registers gpio_chip instances
 549for each bank of on-chip GPIOs.  Those GPIOs should be numbered/labeled to
 550match chip vendor documentation, and directly match board schematics.  They
 551may well start at zero and go up to a platform-specific limit.  Such GPIOs
 552are normally integrated into platform initialization to make them always be
 553available, from arch_initcall() or earlier; they can often serve as IRQs.
 556Board Support
 558For external GPIO controllers -- such as I2C or SPI expanders, ASICs, multi
 559function devices, FPGAs or CPLDs -- most often board-specific code handles
 560registering controller devices and ensures that their drivers know what GPIO
 561numbers to use with gpiochip_add().  Their numbers often start right after
 562platform-specific GPIOs.
 564For example, board setup code could create structures identifying the range
 565of GPIOs that chip will expose, and passes them to each GPIO expander chip
 566using platform_data.  Then the chip driver's probe() routine could pass that
 567data to gpiochip_add().
 569Initialization order can be important.  For example, when a device relies on
 570an I2C-based GPIO, its probe() routine should only be called after that GPIO
 571becomes available.  That may mean the device should not be registered until
 572calls for that GPIO can work.  One way to address such dependencies is for
 573such gpio_chip controllers to provide setup() and teardown() callbacks to
 574board specific code; those board specific callbacks would register devices
 575once all the necessary resources are available, and remove them later when
 576the GPIO controller device becomes unavailable.
 579Sysfs Interface for Userspace (OPTIONAL)
 581Platforms which use the "gpiolib" implementors framework may choose to
 582configure a sysfs user interface to GPIOs.  This is different from the
 583debugfs interface, since it provides control over GPIO direction and
 584value instead of just showing a gpio state summary.  Plus, it could be
 585present on production systems without debugging support.
 587Given appropriate hardware documentation for the system, userspace could
 588know for example that GPIO #23 controls the write protect line used to
 589protect boot loader segments in flash memory.  System upgrade procedures
 590may need to temporarily remove that protection, first importing a GPIO,
 591then changing its output state, then updating the code before re-enabling
 592the write protection.  In normal use, GPIO #23 would never be touched,
 593and the kernel would have no need to know about it.
 595Again depending on appropriate hardware documentation, on some systems
 596userspace GPIO can be used to determine system configuration data that
 597standard kernels won't know about.  And for some tasks, simple userspace
 598GPIO drivers could be all that the system really needs.
 600Note that standard kernel drivers exist for common "LEDs and Buttons"
 601GPIO tasks:  "leds-gpio" and "gpio_keys", respectively.  Use those
 602instead of talking directly to the GPIOs; they integrate with kernel
 603frameworks better than your userspace code could.
 606Paths in Sysfs
 608There are three kinds of entry in /sys/class/gpio:
 610   -    Control interfaces used to get userspace control over GPIOs;
 612   -    GPIOs themselves; and
 614   -    GPIO controllers ("gpio_chip" instances).
 616That's in addition to standard files including the "device" symlink.
 618The control interfaces are write-only:
 620    /sys/class/gpio/
 622        "export" ... Userspace may ask the kernel to export control of
 623                a GPIO to userspace by writing its number to this file.
 625                Example:  "echo 19 > export" will create a "gpio19" node
 626                for GPIO #19, if that's not requested by kernel code.
 628        "unexport" ... Reverses the effect of exporting to userspace.
 630                Example:  "echo 19 > unexport" will remove a "gpio19"
 631                node exported using the "export" file.
 633GPIO signals have paths like /sys/class/gpio/gpio42/ (for GPIO #42)
 634and have the following read/write attributes:
 636    /sys/class/gpio/gpioN/
 638        "direction" ... reads as either "in" or "out".  This value may
 639                normally be written.  Writing as "out" defaults to
 640                initializing the value as low.  To ensure glitch free
 641                operation, values "low" and "high" may be written to
 642                configure the GPIO as an output with that initial value.
 644                Note that this attribute *will not exist* if the kernel
 645                doesn't support changing the direction of a GPIO, or
 646                it was exported by kernel code that didn't explicitly
 647                allow userspace to reconfigure this GPIO's direction.
 649        "value" ... reads as either 0 (low) or 1 (high).  If the GPIO
 650                is configured as an output, this value may be written;
 651                any nonzero value is treated as high.
 653                If the pin can be configured as interrupt-generating interrupt
 654                and if it has been configured to generate interrupts (see the
 655                description of "edge"), you can poll(2) on that file and
 656                poll(2) will return whenever the interrupt was triggered. If
 657                you use poll(2), set the events POLLPRI and POLLERR. If you
 658                use select(2), set the file descriptor in exceptfds. After
 659                poll(2) returns, either lseek(2) to the beginning of the sysfs
 660                file and read the new value or close the file and re-open it
 661                to read the value.
 663        "edge" ... reads as either "none", "rising", "falling", or
 664                "both". Write these strings to select the signal edge(s)
 665                that will make poll(2) on the "value" file return.
 667                This file exists only if the pin can be configured as an
 668                interrupt generating input pin.
 670        "active_low" ... reads as either 0 (false) or 1 (true).  Write
 671                any nonzero value to invert the value attribute both
 672                for reading and writing.  Existing and subsequent
 673                poll(2) support configuration via the edge attribute
 674                for "rising" and "falling" edges will follow this
 675                setting.
 677GPIO controllers have paths like /sys/class/gpio/gpiochip42/ (for the
 678controller implementing GPIOs starting at #42) and have the following
 679read-only attributes:
 681    /sys/class/gpio/gpiochipN/
 683        "base" ... same as N, the first GPIO managed by this chip
 685        "label" ... provided for diagnostics (not always unique)
 687        "ngpio" ... how many GPIOs this manges (N to N + ngpio - 1)
 689Board documentation should in most cases cover what GPIOs are used for
 690what purposes.  However, those numbers are not always stable; GPIOs on
 691a daughtercard might be different depending on the base board being used,
 692or other cards in the stack.  In such cases, you may need to use the
 693gpiochip nodes (possibly in conjunction with schematics) to determine
 694the correct GPIO number to use for a given signal.
 697Exporting from Kernel code
 699Kernel code can explicitly manage exports of GPIOs which have already been
 700requested using gpio_request():
 702        /* export the GPIO to userspace */
 703        int gpio_export(unsigned gpio, bool direction_may_change);
 705        /* reverse gpio_export() */
 706        void gpio_unexport();
 708        /* create a sysfs link to an exported GPIO node */
 709        int gpio_export_link(struct device *dev, const char *name,
 710                unsigned gpio)
 712        /* change the polarity of a GPIO node in sysfs */
 713        int gpio_sysfs_set_active_low(unsigned gpio, int value);
 715After a kernel driver requests a GPIO, it may only be made available in
 716the sysfs interface by gpio_export().  The driver can control whether the
 717signal direction may change.  This helps drivers prevent userspace code
 718from accidentally clobbering important system state.
 720This explicit exporting can help with debugging (by making some kinds
 721of experiments easier), or can provide an always-there interface that's
 722suitable for documenting as part of a board support package.
 724After the GPIO has been exported, gpio_export_link() allows creating
 725symlinks from elsewhere in sysfs to the GPIO sysfs node.  Drivers can
 726use this to provide the interface under their own device in sysfs with
 727a descriptive name.
 729Drivers can use gpio_sysfs_set_active_low() to hide GPIO line polarity
 730differences between boards from user space.  This only affects the
 731sysfs interface.  Polarity change can be done both before and after
 732gpio_export(), and previously enabled poll(2) support for either
 733rising or falling edge will be reconfigured to follow this setting.
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