[PATCH v5 18/18] Documentation: ACPI for ARM64

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Fri Jan 2 08:47:51 PST 2015

On 2 Jan 2015, at 09:28, Hanjun Guo <hanjun.guo at linaro.org> wrote:
>>> On 2015年01月02日 04:04, Graeme Gregory wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 04:34:46PM +0800, Hanjun Guo wrote:
>>>> On 2014年12月31日 04:13, ashwinc at codeaurora.org wrote:
>>>> Hi Hanjun,
>>>> Overall the document looks good to us. Some minor clarifications below.
>>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>>> From: Graeme Gregory <graeme.gregory at linaro.org>
>>>>> Add documentation for the guidelines of how to use ACPI
>>>>> on ARM64.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Graeme Gregory <graeme.gregory at linaro.org>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Al Stone <al.stone at linaro.org>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Hanjun Guo <hanjun.guo at linaro.org>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> Documentation/arm64/arm-acpi.txt |  323
>>>>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>>> 1 file changed, 323 insertions(+)
>>>>> create mode 100644 Documentation/arm64/arm-acpi.txt
>>>> [..]
>>>>> +Relationship with Device Tree
>>>>> +-----------------------------
>>>> [..]
>>>>> +When booting using ACPI tables, the /chosen node in DT will still be
>>>>> parsed
>>>>> +to extract the kernel command line and initrd path.  No other section of
>>>>> the
>>>>> +DT will be used.
>>>> Is this still true?
>>> No, we can booting the ACPI system in EFI stub without dtb. Catalin
>>> also pointed out this issue, I will remove this paragraph.
>> The paragraph is still correct, the /chosen node is always present even
>> if nothing else is.
> Sorry for the confusing, I mean no dtb needed for the command line if
> ACPI tables are available.
> efi will create a empty dtb if no dtb found, and add the cmd line into
> the new created dtb, I'm just wondering, can we remove the limitation
> for passing the cmd line in /chosen node in the future?

My point is that on an ACPI based system, we don't really care how EFI_STUB passes
the command line to the rest of the kernel. Since UEFI doesn't need to know about
such detail and since ACPI is only supported with EFI_STUB, we don't need to mention
the chosen node in this document. 

At some point we may even change the way EFI_STUB passes the command line to the 
kernel but this is still irrelevant to ACPI. 


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