Patchwork [1/2] PWM: let of_xlate handlers check args count

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Submitter Sascha Hauer
Date Jan. 24, 2014, 7:41 a.m.
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Sascha Hauer - Jan. 24, 2014, 7:41 a.m.
On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 06:42:54AM +0100, Lothar WaƟmann wrote:
> Hi,
> > Okay, this works, but there's a problem with pwm-leds.
> > 
> > When the duty cycle is set to zero (when you set the brightness to zero)
> > pwm-leds decides to disable the PWM after configuring it.  This causes
> > the PWM output to be driven low, causing the LED to go to maximum
> > brightness.
> > 
> > So, using the inversion at PWM level doesn't work.
> > 
> The problem is that the driver calls pwm_disable() when the duty cycle is 0.
> This sets the PWM output low independent from the output polarity setting.
> > To make this work correctly, we really need pwm-leds to do the inversion
> > rather than setting the inversion bit in hardware.
> > 
> The same holds for the pwm-backlight driver.
> The easiest fix would be not to call pwm_disable() even for a zero duty
> cycle.

IMO that's the right thing to do anyway due to the different PWM
hardware controllers we have. I'm thinking about the following patch
for some time.



From 9ebbc3d72c71bd97d7fc4458f60ae3ecd5876984 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Sascha Hauer <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:34:16 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] PWM: Document disabled PWM output as undefined

When disabled PWM hardware reacts differently. Some controllers
just stop with their current value, others produce a constant high
or low output, sometimes depending on the output inversion bit. Update
the documentation to reflect that and request from the PWM consumer
drivers to set a constant high/low value with duty cycles of 0/100%
instead of disabling the PWM.

Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>
 Documentation/pwm.txt | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)


diff --git a/Documentation/pwm.txt b/Documentation/pwm.txt
index 93cb979..b7e8a31 100644
--- a/Documentation/pwm.txt
+++ b/Documentation/pwm.txt
@@ -44,6 +44,8 @@  After being requested, a PWM has to be configured using:
 int pwm_config(struct pwm_device *pwm, int duty_ns, int period_ns);
 To start/stop toggling the PWM output use pwm_enable()/pwm_disable().
+The output of a disabled PWM is undefined. Set the duty cycle to 100%
+for a constant high output and to 0 for constant low output.
 Using PWMs with the sysfs interface