[linux-sunxi] Re: [PATCH] ARM: sun6i: dt: Add new Mele I7 device

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Tue Mar 10 04:16:07 PDT 2015


On 03-03-15 14:58, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 03, 2015 at 02:20:31PM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 03-03-15 09:22, Maxime Ripard wrote:
>>> On Tue, Mar 03, 2015 at 08:55:36AM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>>>> +/ {
>>>>>> +	model = "Mele I7 Quad top set box";
>>>>>> +	compatible = "mele,i7", "allwinner,sun6i-a31";
>>>>>> +
>>>>>> +	chosen {
>>>>>> +		bootargs = "earlyprintk console=ttyS0,115200";
>>>>> Using earlyprintk by default is a bad idea if the kernel is configured
>>>>> with DEBUG_LL support for another SoC.
>>>> While on this subject, u-boot now sets the chosen/stdout-path property
>>>> up by default, which means that the kernel will do the right thing by
>>>> default. So we we really do not need any bootargs= in our dts files.
>>> I just tested that this weekend, and it turned out that the kernel
>>> couldn't use it so far (ie, no output until init takes over and setup
>>> a TTY on ttyS0).
>>> Was it working for you?
>> Yes, note that the kernel only honors the stdout-path property if
>> there is no console= argument present if there is a console= argument
>> present on the kernel cmdline then that will overrule the stdout-path
>> property
> Yeah, I removed the bootargs entirely.
>> Which board did you test with, and what u-boot and kernel version ?
> I tested it on my A31 hummingbird, with allwinner's u-boot, but with
> /chosen/stdout-path hardcoded to "serial0:115200n8", with a 4.0-rc1
> kernel.

I'm not sure if stdout-path supports aliases this is what u-boot is using,
and which works fine (with 4.0-rc1 kernel): "/soc at 01c00000/serial at 01c28000:115200"

> But it might very well just be me. We just tested it on a Marvell
> board (that uses the same serial driver) this morning and it was fine,
> so I don't think it's really worth worrying about this :)
>>>> Currently we've a random mix where we do have bootargs in some, but
>>>> not in most sunxi dts files. I believe we should simply remove it
>>>> everywhere...
>>> We used to set them in SoCs that are not supported by U-boot yet, and
>>> where the bootloader won't come and patch the DT (A31, A23, A80).
>> Ah, so that is (was) the logic, following that logic we should probably
>> remove bootargs= from at least the a23 and a31 boards (basically
>> from all boards but a80).
> I'm not so sure about the A31, since most boards won't even boot by
> default on the SD card


 > and we have no way to replace U-Boot in NAND
> so far (afaik). But replacing them by stdout-path is a very good
> solution too.

You mean putting stdout-path in the dts, I'm not sure if I like that,
to me both bootargs and stdout-path are something which should be
left to the bootloader to set. But I understand that when not
using upstream u-boot that may be an issue.



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