[PATCH] ARM: tegra: enable console framebuffer rotation

Andreas Färber afaerber at suse.de
Tue May 13 13:16:30 PDT 2014

Am 09.05.2014 17:24, schrieb Stephen Warren:
> On 05/09/2014 08:20 AM, Andreas Färber wrote:
>> Am 08.05.2014 01:40, schrieb Alex Courbot:
>>> On 05/08/2014 12:57 AM, Stephen Warren wrote:
>>>> On 05/06/2014 09:18 PM, Alexandre Courbot wrote:
>>>>> Console rotation is needed for devices like Tegra Note 7 and NVIDIA
>>>>> SHIELD to get the boot console in the expected orientation.
>>>> I've squashed this into Tegra's for-3.16/defconfig branch.
>>>> Can you please also update multi_v7_defconfig, and send that change to
>>>> arm-soc (arm at kernel.org) to be applied. Thanks.
>>> I omitted doing this for now because the devices that require this
>>> option (TN7/SHIELD) need a custom build with appended DTB and/or
>>> command-line anyway. Therefore they cannot use a multi-mach kernel
>> What does appending a .dtb have to do with whether or not to use a
>> multi-mach kernel? We package zImage/uImage and .dtbs separately, so
>> surely the multi_v7_defconfig should be kept working with Tegra devices.
>> Appending a .dtb only comes into play for preparing installation images.
> That would be a reasonable argument if generic distro installers or
> kernel packages were likely to support the TN7 and SHIELD. However,
> given the bootloader situation there and the need for a custom kernel
> anyway for APPENDED_DTB, I assume that's not the case on this particular
> device?

The Shield we probably don't, the TN7 I don't know. I was more concerned
about the shortened justification.

> If you do intend to support this device with SuSe installer and kernel
> packages, could you give an outline of how you do so?

I gave a presentation at embedded world Conference 2014 on how standard
distributions work on ARM/AArch64, but I fear the slides are not online.

As far as possible, we use a single kernel source and a "default" or
"lpae" v7 multi-platform config with lots of modules enabled.

http://kernel.opensuse.org/cgit/kernel-source/tree/config/armv7hl [*]

I just double-checked, and we do have CONFIG_ARM_APPENDED_DTB=y enabled.
It does not restrict supplying the .dtb the "normal" way AIUI.

Our Open Build Service instance then builds a kernel-default .rpm
package containing zImage and modules. The .dts files are separately
compiled and packaged as, e.g., dtb-tegra2 for /boot/dtb/tegra20-*.dtb.

For building initrd, U-Boot boot.scr (including kernel command line) and
installation image, we use Kiwi.

Anyway, we don't rely on the defconfigs for our distro, so do as you see
fit; just gently reminding that it's not feasible for everyone to build
kernels per device, as the above comment seemed to suggest.

Best regards,


[*] Yes, some Tegra options are clearly missing; working on syncing them
based on my tegra_defconfig.

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