[PATCH v4 00/11] An effort to bring DT bindings compliance within U-Boot

Marek Vasut marex at denx.de
Mon Jan 22 01:14:27 CET 2024

On 1/21/24 23:41, Caleb Connolly wrote:



>> How do you propose to handle fixes to DTs which are applied to 
>> linux-stable releases ? For example, if Linux 6.6(.0) ships a DT which 
>> has some defect that is fixed in 6.6.1, how will that fix get into 
>> U-Boot DTs ?
> This fix would also be in the latest Linux tags, so I think it would 
> find its way here - as I understand it patches aren't accepted into 
> Linux stable unless they land in torvalds tree.

See the devicetree-rebasing.git:


That only contains refs for release versions (v6.6-dts, v6.7-dts etc), 
not any follow-up updates from linux-stable (like current 6.6.13 etc).

Would this require syncing in -rc versions of Linux DTs to get the 
latest fixes in ?

>> Assume that there is some large breaking change in Linux 6.(n+1), 
>> something which would be problematic for specific U-Boot platform 
>> (e.g. i.MX) or would require a lot of work to sort out, will there be 
>> a way to temporarily pin DTs for specific platform to older DT version 
>> until that is resolved (e.g. pin to 6.n) ?
> (Upstream) devicetree has to be forwards and backwards compatible, were 
> such a breaking change to get merged without prior discussion with DT 
> users (i.e. U-Boot) then I think the correct course of action would be 
> to revert it.

Not really, this could be a perfectly valid change, and would work for 
Linux just fine, it might simply be pulling in something which is not 
supported by U-Boot just yet and therefore syncing the DTs into U-Boot 
would break U-Boot on that platform . Using older version of DTs for a 
platform could work as a stopgap measure until the functionality is 
implemented. Is this possible ?

> On a tangential note: as I understand it, DTs built from dt-rebasing are 
> still subject to U-Boot customisations via the "-u-boot.dtsi" include 
> files, this allows for dealing with incompatibilities due to missing 
> features in U-Boot.

Would it be possible to auto-update those -u-boot.dtsi files during 
sync, to minimize the resulting DT blob delta before/after update, and 
thus also minimize the likelihood of causing breakage ?

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