[PATCH 11/12] ARM: dts: add support for Vybrid running on Cortex-M4

Stefan Agner stefan at agner.ch
Sat Dec 20 10:49:32 PST 2014

On 2014-12-18 23:44, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thursday 18 December 2014 21:36:31 Stefan Agner wrote:
>> On 2014-12-17 13:31, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> > On Wednesday 17 December 2014 00:41:33 Stefan Agner wrote:
>> >> On 2014-12-03 12:03, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> >> > Starting with v3.19, you should be able to use the earlycon framework on
>> >> > arm32, so it would be better to replace earlyprintk with earlycon here
>> >> > and add a stdout-path property in chosen that points to the console
>> >> > uart.
>> >>
>> >> I started to implement earlycon support, but something currently fails
>> >> when earlycon tries to map the UART registers:
>> >> [    0.000000] earlycon_map: Couldn't map 0x40027000
>> >>
>> >> I traced the issue a bit further down and found that get_vm_area_caller
>> >> returns NULL (in __arm_ioremap_pfn_caller). This happend on Linus master
>> >> as of today (2dbfca5a181973558277b28b1f4c36362291f5e0). Do I miss
>> >> something here?
>> >
>> > Hmm, I fear the arm32 FIX_EARLYCON_MEM support ended up not making it
>> > into 3.19 after all.
>> Is it because early_ioremap and fixmap still missing for arm32?
>> According to Rob's patchset from spring fixmap is required, there is
>> something in this tree:
>> https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/robh/linux.git/log/?h=arm-fixmap
> Right, that's the one, thanks for finding that again. There are five
> patches on that branch. The first three got merged, and the one we
> need is just the last one (ARM: fixmap early permanent mapping support),
> but the implementation depends on the previous patch (arm: add
> early_ioremap support).
> I was hoping we'd see both of them in 3.19, but apparently Rob didn't
> submit the latest version. If you don't mind, could you try forward-porting
> them to the latest kernel and then submit them for inclusion? You could
> also try adapting the last patch to work without the early_ioremap
> support that we don't really need that urgently on arm32.

Looked into that a bit more in depth. I tried creating a patch which
adds just what is necessary to support FIX_EARLYCON_MEM. Fixmap seems to
be in place, just for earlycon it would need a fixmap entry with
FIX_EARLYCON_MEM_BASE. And I guess later during boot, it would need a
call to create_mapping to create a permanent mapping of it.

Currently I'm stuck in the __set_fixmap call, on set_pte_ext call the
kernel freezes. The arguments look fine as far as I can tell (vaddr
ffeff000, phys 40027000, pgprot is FIXMAP_PAGE_IO, defined as in Rob's

Afaik, initialization for early fixmap is missing, I guess we could do
something which looks similar to what ARM64 has now:


I'm wondering what the value is of __set_fixmap without that, as is
right now? I still need to understand the whole MM stuff a bit more. I
will be away the next couple of days, but will have a look into it
towards the end of the year. But if anyone else can help make that
happen (who might be better in the picture of fixmap than I am), I'm
happy too :-)


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