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

Grant Likely grant.likely at secretlab.ca
Mon Jun 13 11:17:49 EDT 2011

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM, Nicolas Pitre <nicolas.pitre at linaro.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Jun 2011, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 10:14:07AM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
>> > On Mon, 13 Jun 2011, Tony Lindgren wrote:
>> >
>> > > I agree that we need to parse the user configurable ATAGs to support
>> > > existing hardware properly. Otherwise we have edit the .dts for each board
>> > > to change the user configurable things, which is not nice for distros.
>> >
>> > You mean "existing bootloaders", right?
>> >
>> > Updated bootloaders should translate user configurable information into
>> > proper DT records and pass the resulting DTB to the kernel separately.
>> OMAP is one of the code bases where this really matters - they have a
>> _lot_ of existing platforms with boot loaders which do the ATAG stuff.
>> They also have a lot of code in arch/arm that needs to be converted to
>> a DT representation.
> Yes, agreed.  I just wanted to make the situation clear above, so people
> aren't confused in believing that the DT data is always static.  New
> bootloaders should have the same ability to dynamically change some of
> the parameters passed to the kernel.  So the issue is not about existing
> hardware, but rather about existing bootloaders.
>> With the current situation where you can have either ATAGs or DT but
>> not both, they're currently facing either having to break all the
>> existing platforms by ignoring the ATAGs _or_ keeping two copies of
>> a considerable amount of data - one in DT form and one in its existing
>> form.
>> At present, DT can only be used sensibly on brand new SoCs where there
>> are no existing platforms with ATAG based boot loaders to worry about.
>> As things stand at present, even with your patch series, existing SoCs
>> have no viable path to transition to DT.
> As I said, I'm now convinced that the patch adding a shim to translate
> ATAGs into DT entries should be added to this series.  I was reluctant
> initially for insentive purposes, but your argument clearly tilted the
> balance the other way.

John Bonesio was the author of that patch.

John, can you dust of the ATAGs-->DT conversion patch and get it
rebased to my current devicetree/test branch?  I've picked up Nicolas'
3 patch series which includes your dtb append patch into


Grant Likely, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Secret Lab Technologies Ltd.

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