[PATCH 0/3] patches to allow DTB to be appended to the ARM zImage

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sun Jun 12 15:26:13 EDT 2011

On Jun 12, 2011, at 9:59 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 11:47:59AM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
>> On Sun, 12 Jun 2011, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>>> And we've ended up with a fucked up situation which is extremely
>>> fragile, and actually makes me _NOT_ want to convert any existing
>>> platforms to use DT in the least.
>> Agreed.  I don't think that anything older than OMAP2 is worth 
>> converting to DT.  The return on the investment is simply not worth it, 
>> other than for experimental purposes.
> I think you haven't appreciated the situation - let's take PXA as an
> example.  PXA has been around for years, and IP in the latest silicon
> is present in many of the older silicons too.
> There's two issues here:
> 1. If we port existing drivers over to use DT as a means to shrink the
> size of the kernel, we need _all_ PXA using platforms to use DT.
> 2. If we continue having board support for PXA submitted, we want it to
> use DT support.
> The result will be a mess of some bits of PXA using DT, other bits using
> statically declared stuff.  It may get to the point where on some PXA
> platforms DT is used to describe some of the system, and on a different
> PXA platform, it describes some other but needs some static stuff.
> I don't see this as a sustainable way forward.  If we're going to move a
> particular SoC over to DT, we need to move the entire SoC over.  We can't
> do this half-heartedly.
> And that means we _must_ deal with accepting ATAGs from existing boot
> loaders, with that information taking precidence over the DT blob
> supplied with the kernel.

The only other way out would be to have a small ATAG interpreter that modified/generated the DT so that the rest of the kernel could rely on it completely. This would fatten what is a very slim later right now, but it would mean the whole rest of the kernel could trust the DT blob as gospel.


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