[PATCH 1/6] ARM: bcm476x: Add infrastructure

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Mon Oct 8 22:37:04 EDT 2012

On 10/07/2012 04:54 PM, Domenico Andreoli wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 09:57:59PM +0200, Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD wrote:
>> On 03:53 Sun 07 Oct     , Domenico Andreoli wrote:
>>> From: Domenico Andreoli <domenico.andreoli at linux.com>
>>> BCM476x's minimal infrastructure, Kernel's great reuse.
>>> Look mom, no include/mach directory!

(sigh, Jean-Christophe, it's a really good idea when replying to patches
to delete everything except what you're replying to so that others can
actually find what they wrote in the email...)

>>> Index: b/arch/arm/boot/dts/bcm476x.dtsi

>>> +		vic0: interrupt-controller at 80000 {
>>> +			compatible = "brcm,bcm476x-pl192", "arm,pl192-vic", "arm,primecell";
>> why brcm specific compatbile?
> Nothing breaks if I drop it. I think it's a future-proof clause, especially
> if you consider that the devicetree could be not easy to upgrade and you
> may need a way to differentiate the bcm476x's implementation from the
> common one. I'm not sure it's an actual requirement with use cases.

Indeed, everything works fine right now if you drop that. However, it is
correct practice to include a compatible value for the particular SoC
that incorporates the IP so that if in the future some SoC-specific
workaround is required, the compatible value needed to trigger this is
already in all historical .dts file.

>>> Index: b/arch/arm/include/debug/bcm476x.S

>>> +#if defined(CONFIG_DEBUG_BCM476X_UART0)
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_PHYS	0x000c0000
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_VIRT	0xd00c0000
>>> +#elif defined(CONFIG_DEBUG_BCM476X_UART1)
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_PHYS	0x000c1000
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_VIRT	0xd00c1000
>>> +#elif defined(CONFIG_DEBUG_BCM476X_UART2)
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_PHYS	0x000b2000
>>> +# define BCM476X_DEBUG_VIRT	0xd00b2000
>>> +#else
>>> +# error Unknown BCM476x debug port
>>> +#endif
>> can't you detect it?
> If I can assume that the boot loader will configure and enable only the
> console port, I could use the first one in such state.
> Where could I place such detection, in the maco addruart itself?

Auto-detection is not necessarily a good idea; there's no reason in
general to believe that no future board will ever use a UART for any
purposes other than console/debug. Being explicit is probably good.

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