[Ksummit-2013-discuss] DT bindings as ABI [was: Do we have people interested in device tree janitoring / cleanup?]

Arend van Spriel arend at broadcom.com
Mon Jul 29 06:16:10 EDT 2013

On 07/29/2013 11:19 AM, Arend van Spriel wrote:
> On 07/27/2013 10:01 PM, jonsmirl at gmail.com wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Grant Likely
>> <grant.likely at secretlab.ca> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 4:59 AM, Arend van Spriel
>>> <arend at broadcom.com> wrote:
>>>> Let's see how many people go and scream if I say this: Too bad .dts
>>>> files
>>>> are not done using XML format as DT bindings could be described
>>>> using XML
>>>> Schema.
>>> Draft an example and show us how it would look!  :-)  There is
>>> absolutely nothing preventing us from expressing a DT in XML format,
>>> or even using XSLT to define DT schema while still using our current
>>> .dts syntax. It would be trivial to do lossless translation between
>>> .dts syntax and xml.
>>> The problem that I have with XML and XSLT is that it is very verbose
>>> and not entirely friendly to mere-mortals. However, I'm more than
>>> willing to be proved wrong on this point.
>> I considered this approach a while ago and discarded it. It would work
>> but it is just too much of a Frankenstein monster.
> Ah, but he is so cute. At least I do not think it is more monstrous as
> the bindings files. I just browsed through a couple of arm binding files
> as I felt challenged to come up with an example. I did not get the
> impression that there is some kind of template in place to get consitent
> bindings descriptions.
>> Much cleaner to modify dtc to take a schema as part of the compilation
>> process. The schema language itself has no requirement to look like
>> DTS syntax. Whoever wrote dtc probably has a favorite language that
>> would be good for writing schemas in.
> Not sure if I can follow here. I guess you mean the dts compilation,
> right? There are tools freely available to validate XML files against
> XSD specification files. As an example libxml2 has support for it. I
> suspect it is not desired to have a dependency for DTC with an
> out-of-tree library, but it could be incorporated and have DTC spew the
> validation results.

crap. Probably not as libxml2 has MIT-license.


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