[PATCH] tty: serial: serial-omap: depend on !8250_omap

Tony Lindgren tony at atomide.com
Mon Dec 1 09:39:33 PST 2014

* Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy at linutronix.de> [141201 09:27]:
> On 12/01/2014 05:38 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> > * One Thousand Gnomes <gnomes at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> [141201 06:11]:
> >>> Well the nightmare userspace switch from ttyS to ttyO few years ago is
> >>> something we want to avoid.. I think the best solution would be to make
> >>> serial-omap.c transparently provide support for ttyO using the new 8250
> >>> code so both ttyS and ttyO devices would just work. Otherwise it will
> >>> be years of "my serial port stopped working" questions again.
> >>
> >> Thata a udev problem not a kernel one surely.
> > 
> > How do you suggest we get people to update their kernel command line
> > and inittab? Udev may not even be installed.
> There are three use cases that I can think of right now:
> - people that enable that new driver via oldconfig
>   I would expect that they read the help message in Kconfig. No worry
>   about them.
> - people that get a complete system via magic_build_tool (may yocto or
>   whatever)
>   If $TOOL decides to use the new driver, then it should update
>   commandline in bootloader. Those things create usually bootloader +
>   kernel + rootfile system. If the commandline is saved on flash/mmc
>   then it won't be reset from default. However udev should help here.
>   So not a problem either (udev can't fix the kernel boot output but we
>   should see atleast the login console).
> - people that build omap2plus_defconfig and we switch to the new driver
>   Those people get switched from one driver to the other without
>   knowing. This is what I tried to bring to everyone's attention. The
>   defconfig hasn't been changed yet so it is not problem for next
>   release (yet).
> I agree that this is a user problem. We agreed not to introduce a
> console proxy in kernel _or_ hack the command line in kernel (to
> replace O with S).
> So I think the problem boils down to educate the user about this
> change. Making the old driver disappear was one way of getting the
> user's attention. Another idea would be to introduce a #warning which is
> also activated by the defconfig and informs the user about the change.
> Ideally this #warning could be switched off by Kconfig once the user
> reads & deactivates it. This requires the pay attention to warnings
> during build. #error would make sure he does but it breaks auto-builds
> so it is not an option.

The problem is the kernel will just mysteriously stop outputting
anything if we enable the new driver. This is a "flag day" type
problem that needs the user to somehow coordinate the kernel version,
kernel .config, kernel cmdline, dev entries, and the inittab.



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