Passing arguments to cmdline or changing the devicetree node??

Fabio Estevam festevam at
Mon Jul 13 05:50:50 PDT 2015

On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM, gianluca <gianlucarenzi at> wrote:
> Hello list,
> I was thinking which is the best method to ensure a fallback compatibility
> to old boards when a single board has changed something in hardware.
> I will explain better:
> I designed a board running linux (on iMX28) which had 128MB and the first
> stage bootstrap is programming the DDR2 controller to match the memory
> timings.
> The bootloader had the memory size hardcoded, but it is not a problem
> because nothing on the bootloader is using it (maybe some atag for old
> compatibility, I need to check this out)
> The bootloader now loads linux and the devicetree flattened blob and pass it
> to the kernel.
> In the .dts I have a node called:
>>         memory {
>>                 reg = <0x40000000 0x08000000>;
>>         };
> and it is fixed.
> Now we need to update the memory onboard up to 256Mb or 512Mb, and if I can
> test easily on the fist stage bootstrap (programming the DDR2 controller for
> 256Mb and writing on memory above 128Mb and if it works I have could have
> 256Mb or more, for example) I need a procedure to change the memory node on
> the dts.

You could simply remove the memory node from your dts and let the
bootloader pass it to the kernel.


Fabio Estevam

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