[PATCH] arm64: dts: allwinner: a64: Re-add "syscon" compatible

Maxime Ripard maxime.ripard at bootlin.com
Wed Sep 26 02:52:02 PDT 2018


On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 11:22:30AM +0100, Andre Przywara wrote:
> > The fundamental difference is that we're mostly just a bunch of spare
> > time programmers working on this platform, with a partial
> > documentation for the controllers, at best.
> > 
> > You forced me to ask these developpers to work on their weekends and
> > evenings on some crazy corner cases to maintain the backward
> > compatibility. And honestly, both from a technical and human
> > standpoint, I definitely understand if some of them are just leaving
> > and don't want to work on it anymore. I would probably do the same in
> > their position.
> > 
> > And having to ask that for companies like ARM or SUSE just makes it
> > more frustrating to be honest. So there's simply no way you have
> > forward compatibility while I'm there. Or you manage to convince all
> > the ARM maintainers and enforce that compatibility for all the
> > platforms.
> 
> I understand that from your point of view there is no way of investing
> huge efforts in staying forward compatible, but I am not asking for
> that (and by no way forcing this!). Instead this suggestion is a small
> tweak to achieve this.

We're trying to remain compatible but if there's any technical reason,
then we won't be. I don't want anyone to assume we will, and to rely
on the fact that we are actually guaranteeing this.

> So I am sorry if those things frustrate you (which I can understand
> very well), but I believe fixing the DT in a proper way is
> much more user friendly in the long term (actually this issue was
> brought forward by a user[1]).

Given the current state of the industry, I don't really see how the DT
can allow you to do what you are trying to achieve.

Maxime

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