"clk: sunxi: Add a simple gates driver" breaks kernel with older DTB

Maxime Ripard maxime.ripard at free-electrons.com
Thu Oct 1 13:45:06 PDT 2015

Hi Ian,

On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 at 09:47:11AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> Booting a recent kernel with the DTB supplied with Debian Jessie (3.16
> based) breaks on Cubietruck because that DTB lacks the clock-indices nodes
> which the new driver from the commit below adds (replacing the hardcoding
> which used to be in clk-sunxi.c).
> It is panicing in drivers/clocksource/timer-sun5i.c with:
> [    0.015413] clocksource: timer: mask: 0xffffffff max_cycles: 0xffffffff, max_idle_ns: 79635851949 ns
> [    0.025049] Kernel panic - not syncing: Can't get timer clock
> [    0.030794] CPU: 0 PID: 0 Comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 4.3.0-rc2-arm-native+ #6
> [    0.038002] Hardware name: Allwinner sun7i (A20) Family
> [    0.043253] [<c0219794>] (unwind_backtrace) from [<c0214e44>] (show_stack+0x10/0x14)
> [    0.050992] [<c0214e44>] (show_stack) from [<c048159c>] (dump_stack+0x88/0x98)
> [    0.058213] [<c048159c>] (dump_stack) from [<c02caa98>] (panic+0xa4/0x22c)
> [    0.065090] [<c02caa98>] (panic) from [<c0d7c518>] (sun5i_timer_init+0x80/0x384)
> [    0.072482] [<c0d7c518>] (sun5i_timer_init) from [<c0d7aad0>] (clocksource_of_init+0x4c/0x8c)
> [    0.081001] [<c0d7aad0>] (clocksource_of_init) from [<c0d39b48>] (start_kernel+0x28c/0x3c4)
> [    0.089343] [<c0d39b48>] (start_kernel) from [<4020807c>] (0x4020807c)
> [    0.095866] ---[ end Kernel panic - not syncing: Can't get timer clock
> Reverting ee38b2698ae2 fixes this specific issue for me (it boots further,
> but there seems to be other problems later when earlycon hands over to
> proper console, which I've not yet looked into).
> Is this considered acceptable linkage between the kernel and the dtbs?
> I suspect that even if anyone does care this is going to be an uphill
> struggle for that minority so I'm going to adjust our test infrastructure
> to pickup the dtbs from the kernel it is trying to test rather then reusing
> the one from the OS install.

It's never been something we supported (or even claim to support), so
it's actually surprising that it's the only commit that need to be
reverted, but yeah, you should keep your DTB in sync.


Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering
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