[PATCH] of: support passing console options with stdout-path

Grant Likely grant.likely at linaro.org
Tue Nov 25 06:44:39 PST 2014

On Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:16 +0100
, Andrew Lunn <andrew at lunn.ch>
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:23:58PM +0000, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> > Support specifying console options (like with console=ttyXN,<options>)
> > by appending them to the stdout-path property after a separating ':'.
> > 
> > Example:
> > 	stdout-path = "uart0:115200";
> > 
> > This patch also modifies of_find_node_by_path() to match only the
> > portion of the path before a ':'.
> Hi Leif
> These appears to somewhat conform to ePAPR, which says:
>       A string that specifies the full path to the node representing
>       the device to be used for boot console output. If the character
>       ":" is present in the value it terminates the path.
> So you can put any random junk after the :. However, are we going to
> have backward/forward compatibility problems, and problems with
> bootloaders? The current kernel code does not look for the :. So a new
> DT blob on an old kernel will not work so well.

For DT, we've generally not been worrying about compatibility in that
direction.  If we've got a new firmware, we should be able to get a new
kernel.  Nobody has really screamed bout it yet.

> More worrying, barebox does not support the : either. So there is a
> danger your bootloader suddenly goes silent after a dt blob update.

Is barebox parsing the property? Or updating it? Or both? I've got no
problem with this patch, but we can also support things like the
'current-speed' property in the UART to set a default when the stdout
path doesn't have any arguments.


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