[PATCH 1/2] ARM: ux500: define serial port aliases

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Thu Jul 16 07:09:42 PDT 2015

On Thursday 16 July 2015 16:03:18 Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de> wrote:
> > On Monday 13 July 2015 10:21:51 Linus Walleij wrote:
> >>
> >> Since the original code just defined all three serial ports
> >> for all boards by them including ste-dbx500.dtsi I first made
> >> the patch to that file, and then as you said it had to be done
> >> on a per-toplevel file, I did it in the individual DTS files instead.
> >
> > I'm not following here. If you have boards that want port 1 to be
> > disabled, shouldn't you remove that alias?
> No, that is done by not changing status = "disabled"; to
> status = "okay"; on a per-board basis.
> This is what the second patch is doing.
> The aliases are set also to disabled ports to ensure enumeration
> for the cases where a board file enabled a previously disabled

Well, both really. The status property tells the kernel to not
ever touch a device, while the alias is what traditionally gets
used to assign an OS visible device name to a device in the tree.
This is more true for MacOS and AIX than Linux, which sometimes
does its own naming, but we really should not have an alias pointing
at a disabled device node.


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