[PATCH 1/3] ARM: omap_device: handle first time activation of console device

Rob Herring robherring2 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 10:41:49 EST 2011


On 11/16/2011 09:14 AM, Cousson, Benoit wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> On 11/16/2011 3:50 PM, Rob Herring wrote:
>> On 11/16/2011 05:02 AM, Rajendra Nayak wrote:
>>> console device on OMAP is never reset or idled by hwmod post
>>> initial setup, early during boot, for obvious reasons not to
>>> break early debug prints thrown on console.
>>> This leaves the console device enabled at boot and the first activation
>>> of it using hwmod needs to be handled in such a way that a disable is
>>> called followed by an enable of the hwmod, the subsequent activations
>>> can then use the default activation technique.
>>> To handle this add a new binding to identify a hwmod which is used as
>>> the console device.
>>> This patch is based on the what is done in serial.c for non-DT builds.
>>> Signed-off-by: Rajendra Nayak<rnayak at ti.com>
>>> ---
>>>   .../devicetree/bindings/arm/omap/omap.txt          |    1 +
>>>   arch/arm/plat-omap/omap_device.c                   |   33
>>> +++++++++++++++++++-
>>>   2 files changed, 33 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/arm/omap/omap.txt
>>> b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/arm/omap/omap.txt
>>> index dbdab40..46ffd41 100644
>>> --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/arm/omap/omap.txt
>>> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/arm/omap/omap.txt
>>> @@ -21,6 +21,7 @@ Required properties:
>>>   Optional properties:
>>>   - ti,no_idle_on_suspend: When present, it prevents the PM to idle
>>> the module
>>>     during suspend.
>>> +- ti,console_hwmod: boolean, identifies the hwmod used as console
>>> device
>> This doesn't seem right. Which console is not a h/w property. Why can't
>> you use aliases like other platforms are doing?
>> Also, it's not clear in the documentation where this (and
>> ti,no_idle_on_suspend) should go in the DT. Both seem like they should
>> be kernel cmdline params.
> That raise the question about using DT to pass linux specific parameter.
> We already discuss that on the mailing list, but never get a clear answer.
> It seems that DT is already used to provide some OS specific information
> using the "linux," prefix for example.

True, but "linux," properties will always face resistance and scrutiny.

> There are clearly a couple of parameters that can be provided by the
> bootloader, but that does not reflect a HW property.
> So what is the guideline for that, should we stick to cmdline params for
> that?

I would say that if the setting does not depend on something in the DT,
then the cmdline is the right place. If you have a property that
references a phandle, then it can't be on the cmdline. For console
selection, there is already a defined way to select it with
console=blah. And there is an agreed way to define indexes in the DT
with aliases.

How were these properties set without DT?

> Quoting Grant's documentation, runtime configuration is supported:
> "Runtime configuration
> In most cases, a DT will be the sole method of communicating data from
> firmware to the kernel, so also gets used to pass in runtime and
> configuration data like the kernel parameters string and the location of
> an initrd image.
> Most of this data is contained in the /chosen node, and when booting
> Linux it will look something like this:
>     chosen {
>         bootargs = "console=ttyS0,115200 loglevel=8";
>         initrd-start = <0xc8000000>;
>         initrd-end = <0xc8200000>;
>     };
> The bootargs property contains the kernel arguments, and the initrd-*
> properties define the address and size of an initrd blob. The chosen
> node may also optionally contain an arbitrary number of additional
> properties for platform-specific configuration data."
> Does that mean that this is supported only if the bootloader does not
> support cmdline?

No. I think it means chosen can be extended. However, how many other
chosen properties are defined? Not very many. Clearly, it's not a place
for adding whatever random property you want. chosen is really the boot
interface between the bootloader and kernel as it is ATAG type data.


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