One barebox image for multiple boards

Matthias Fend matthias.fend at
Thu May 19 02:25:34 PDT 2022


I was pleasantly surprised to get so many comments on this topic.
Thank you everyone for your input!

Since I want to avoid duplicating the i2c bus driver in a PBL capable 
version, I decided to have a common barebox device tree for all boards.
This means that the detection takes place in the board init code and 
then prepends the compatible with the matching board-specific entry.

If at some point the hardware no longer allows this approach, I still 
can switch to the i2c-early solution.


Am 16.05.2022 um 10:07 schrieb Sascha Hauer:
> On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 02:10:32PM +0200, Matthias Fend wrote:
>> Hi Sascha,
>> Am 13.05.2022 um 13:00 schrieb Sascha Hauer:
>>> Hi Matthias,
>>> On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 10:55:02AM +0200, Matthias Fend wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I'm looking for a solution to support multiple boards with just one barebox
>>>> image. The few core components that are relevant for barebox are the same on
>>>> all boards, so that the same barebox image runs on all boards. It is
>>>> possible to dynamically detect the board type inside barebox, but as this
>>>> requires some infrastructure it is not possible during lowlevel init. So
>>>> basically Barebox should boot with a minimal core device tree, detect the
>>>> board type and then use the corresponding device tree of the detected board.
>>>> Something similar to arch/arm/boards/stm32mp15xx-dkx/lowlevel.c but not at
>>>> low level.
>>> Do you even need the full device tree in barebox? The minimal core
>>> device tree might be enough for barebox and only the kernel is then
>>> booted with the full device tree.
>> If there is no trick to changing the used device tree at boardlevel init,
>> then this might be a possibility.
> Replacing the live tree after it has been partly probed already is
> dangerous and barebox is not really prepared for that.
>> The core device tree might not be as minimal then and in exceptional cases
>> minor fixups in the board code will be needed, but I think it could work.
>> In such a case, how should one ensure that the appropriate blspec entry is
>> booted? Maybe by simply replacing/updating the compatible string in the live
>> device tree after the board was detected?
> As it happens Oleksij has just introduced of_prepend_machine_compatible()
> exactly for this usecase. You can find it in current next branch.
> Sascha

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