[PATCH master v1 0/6] firmware: optionally turn missing firmware errors into warnings

Ahmad Fatoum a.fatoum at pengutronix.de
Mon Jun 26 08:33:30 PDT 2023

Many of the ARMv8 defconfigs can require firmware external to barebox
for proper operation: TF-A as BL31, DDR PHY firmware, SDRAM setup
or OP-TEE. This led to defconfigs that fail to build by default
unless the user installs the firmware files into the firmware directory.

While this worked for the SoC-specific defconfigs, it's really annoying
for the multi_v8_defconfig:

  - The user will need to install firmware even for unrelated

  - Some platforms like e.g. qemu-virt64, which need no firmware to
    be compiled into barebox, can't be built just by using the

For v2023.06.0, this was resolved by disabling boards that lack firmware
through hiding their Kconfig symbol. This has a few shortcomings:

  - Firmware is looked up relative to source tree and can't take
    CONFIG_EXTRA_FIRMWARE_DIR into account that early

  - Firmware needs to exist at configure stage, which breaks
    build system recipes that install firmware after configure

  - menuconfig e.g. in Yocto's cml1.bbclass doesn't take make options
    into account that are otherwise used for olddefconfig and build

This series resolves the underlying issue differently: We record
whether firmware is missing and just continue the build till the end
at which time the build would succeed (with warnings) if new option

In any case, barebox images which contain firmware in their PBL
that's not available will be marked specially to reduce the risk
of accidentally putting them to use:

  * They're truncated to zero size

  * The final "images built:" section marks them as having firmware
    missing, e.g.  ** firmware missing for barebox-rk3568-bpi-r2pro.img**

  * They are omitted from the listing in the barebox-flash-images file

  * Each barebox-broken.img is accompanied with a
    barebox-broken.img.missing-firmware containing a newline delimited
    list of missing firmware images

Ahmad Fatoum (6):
  firmware: reference pointer alignment defined in
  firmware: turn missing firmware into linker error
  firmware: optionally turn missing firmware errors into warnings
  ARM: Rockchip: gracefully handle missing firmware
  firmware: don't hardcode firmware paths in srctree for existence check

 arch/arm/configs/imx_v8_defconfig      |  1 +
 arch/arm/configs/multi_v8_defconfig    |  1 +
 arch/arm/configs/rockchip_v8_defconfig |  1 +
 arch/arm/mach-imx/Kconfig              | 49 -------------------
 arch/arm/mach-rockchip/Kconfig         |  6 ---
 firmware/Kconfig                       | 49 +++++--------------
 firmware/Makefile                      | 18 +++++--
 images/Makefile                        | 23 ++++++---
 images/Makefile.rockchip               | 68 +++++++++-----------------
 scripts/Makefile.lib                   |  3 ++
 10 files changed, 73 insertions(+), 146 deletions(-)


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