[alsa-devel] [PATCHv2 3/8] ARM: dts: Enables SAI ALSA SoC DAI device for Vybrid VF610 TOWER board.

Li Xiubo Li.Xiubo at freescale.com
Fri Nov 22 07:46:49 CET 2013

> >> +	ret = devm_snd_soc_register_card(&pdev->dev, &fsl_sgt1500_card);
> >> +	if (ret) {
> >> + dev_err(&pdev->dev, "register soc sound card failed :%d\n"
> >> +                               "TWR-AUDIO-SGTL board required.\n",
> >> +				ret);
> >> +		return ret;
> >> +	}
> >> Especially, you can make one kernel that handles both cases w/wo TWR-
> >> AUDIO-SGTL board attached.
> > Yes, it looks nicer.
> > Well, as one log about the CODEC already exists? Should the "TWR-AUDIO-
> > 	board required.\n" log is still needed here ?
> I think that people will understand,
> > vf610-sgtl5000 sound.3: ASoC: CODEC (null) not registered
> > vf610-sgtl5000 sound.3: TWR-AUDIO-SGTL board required.
> As oppose to the typical 'dev_err()' of "register soc sound card
> failed :XXX".  This message looks like something abnormal went wrong.  At
> least 'dev_err()' maybe the wrong level?
> With just the error code, people will have to look through code to
> diagnose this and may just think that something is wrong with the driver.
> It will be a very common case that a user will not have this board.  I
> just think the message could be more explicit to avoid confusion.

Yes, I agree.
Well, maybe it not very explicitly points out the actual failling message. And for the tower, the TWR-AUDIO-SGTL board maybe the most likely error case.

>From the ASoC subsystem, we can see that there are more than 2 situations that will return the numeric '-517', and before that there will be one explicit failing message printing out as we have seen.

How about putting this comment in the menuconfig ?

> I am not sure if the numeric '-517' will always return in this case; if so,
> the message could be conditional.

The following logs are the situation:
1, Plug in the TWR-AUDIO-SGTL sub-board.
2, Enable the SGTL5000 driver.
3, Disable the CPU DAI driver, here it's the SAI driver.
sgtl5000 0-000a: sgtl5000 revision 0x11
vf610-sgtl5000 sound.3: ASoC: CPU DAI (null) not registered
vf610-sgtl5000 sound.3: register soc sound card failed :-517
And the failed numeric is '-517' too.

> That is just a suggestion.  I know when I booted the TimeSys version of
> Linux and before I looked at the schematic, I didn't know why the codec
> failed to register and I thought I had a u-boot issue and/or the code was
> not working for my board.
> Fwiw,
> Bill Pringlemeir.
> PS: For those not familiar with the tower.  The VF610-TWR has riser cards
> at the sides and different boards can be connected.  The TWR-AUDIO-SGTL
> is another board that needs to be plugged in.

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