[RFC PATCH 0/9] dt: dependencies (for deterministic driver initialization order based on the DT)

Alexander Holler holler at ahsoftware.de
Wed Aug 27 09:30:54 PDT 2014

Am 27.08.2014 18:22, schrieb Stephen Warren:
> On 08/27/2014 08:44 AM, Catalin Marinas wrote:

>> It's not just optimisation but an important feature for new arm64 SoCs.
>> Given some Tegra discussions recently, in many cases the machine_desc
>> use on arm is primarily to initialise devices in the right order. If we
>> can solve this in a more deterministic way (other than deferred
>> probing), we avoid the need for a dedicated SoC platform driver (or
>> machine_desc) or workarounds like different initcall levels and explicit
>> DT parsing.
> A lot of the ordering is SW driver dependencies. I'm not sure how much
> of that can accurately be claimed as HW dependencies. As such, I'm not
> sure that putting dependencies into DT would be a good idea; it doesn't
> feel like HW data, and might well change if we restructure SW. It'd need
> some detailed research though.

Almost every phandle is a dependency, so the DT is already full with them.

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