[PATCH v2 1/3] devicetree: bindings: Document qcom, msm-id and qcom, board-id

Kumar Gala galak at codeaurora.org
Tue Mar 10 12:57:47 PDT 2015

On Mar 10, 2015, at 2:52 PM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de> wrote:

> On Tuesday 10 March 2015 13:10:08 Kumar Gala wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> The top level qcom,msm-id and qcom,board-id are utilized by bootloaders
>>>>>>>>>>>> on Qualcomm MSM platforms to determine which device tree should be
>>>>>>>>>>>> utilized and passed to the kernel.
>>>>>>>>>>>> Cc: <devicetree at vger.kernel.org>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Kumar Gala <galak at codeaurora.org>
>>>>>>>>>>> Is this the special magic that allows qcom bootloaders to take a kernel
>>>>>>>>>>> plus multiple DTBs and figure out which DTB to pass?
>>>>>>>>>>> Kevin
>>>>>>>>>> yes
>>>>>>>>> That's a bummer.
>>>>>>>>> Luckily, the solution for upstream is still quite simple: Provide only
>>>>>>>>> one devicetree, and it'll be used, right?
>>>>>>>> We can provide only one, we still need the IDs in the DT.
>>>>>>> How are the DTS provided? Concatenated with the kernel, or in a
>>>>>>> wrapped data format? Or in a separate partition from the kernel?
>>>>>> Its a wrapped data format that is than concatenated with the kernel if I remember correctly.
>>>>> Then you should be able to create a tool that can write this concatenated
>>>>> format and insert these properties from a table that matches the boot
>>>>> loader, right?
>>>>>     Arnd
>>>> Are you suggesting the tool insert the properties in the DT?  I’m not sure I understand what the point of doing that would be.
>>> To insert platform-local properties that mean nothing outside of the
>>> firmware packaging of the device trees, which is the case here?
>>> I think the idea of having the installer script inserting them is
>>> quite reasonable in this case.
>>> -Olof
>> These values are static, so not sure what the point of having the installer script do that?
> It combines two hacks to work around a nonstandard boot loader.
> Once the bootloader is fixed, you can stop using that script.
> 	Arnd

I feel as if I’m missing something here.  If we just have the properties in the .dts files I don’t need to change anything ever, no script, no worries about working with old or new boot loaders, etc.

- k

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