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@@ -43,9 +43,73 @@ LED Device Naming
Is currently of the form:
- "devicename:colour:function"
-There have been calls for LED properties such as colour to be exported as
+ "devicename:color:function"
+- devicename:
+ it should refer to a unique identifier created by the kernel,
+ like e.g. phyN for network devices or inputN for input devices, rather
+ than to the hardware; the information related to the product and the bus
+ to which given device is hooked is available in sysfs and can be
+ retrieved using script from tools/leds; generally
+ this section is expected mostly for LEDs that are somehow associated with
+ other devices.
+- color:
+ one of LED_COLOR_ID_* definitions from the header
+ include/dt-bindings/leds/common.h.
+- function:
+ one of LED_FUNCTION_* definitions from the header
+ include/dt-bindings/leds/common.h.
+If required color or function is missing, please submit a patch
+It is possible that more than one LED with the same color and function will
+be required for given platform, differing only with an ordinal number.
+In this case it is preferable to just concatenate the predefined LED_FUNCTION_*
+name with required "-N" suffix in the driver. fwnode based drivers can use
+function-enumerator property for that and then the concatenation will be handled
+automatically by the LED core upon LED class device registration.
+LED subsystem has also a protection against name clash, that may occur
+when LED class device is created by a driver of hot-pluggable device and
+it doesn't provide unique devicename section. In this case numerical
+suffix (e.g. "_1", "_2", "_3" etc.) is added to the requested LED class
+device name.
+There might be still LED class drivers around using vendor or product name
+for devicename, but this approach is now deprecated as it doesn't convey
+any added value. Product information can be found in other places in sysfs
+(see tools/leds/
+Examples of proper LED names:
+ - "red:disk"
+ - "white:flash"
+ - "red:indicator"
+ - "phy1:green:wlan"
+ - "phy3::wlan"
+ - ":kbd_backlight"
+ - "input5::kbd_backlight"
+ - "input3::numlock"
+ - "input3::scrolllock"
+ - "input3::capslock"
+ - "mmc1::status"
+ - "white:status"
+ script can be used for verifying if the LED name
+meets the requirements pointed out here. It performs validation of the LED class
+devicename sections and gives hints on expected value for a section in case
+the validation fails for it. So far the script supports validation
+of associations between LEDs and following types of devices:
+ - input devices
+ - ieee80211 compliant USB devices
+The script is open to extensions.
+There have been calls for LED properties such as color to be exported as
individual led class attributes. As a solution which doesn't incur as much
overhead, I suggest these become part of the device name. The naming scheme
above leaves scope for further attributes should they be needed. If sections