[PATCH 0/5] Fix spl_mmc_boot_mode() implementation for IMX

Harald Seiler hws at denx.de
Thu Apr 23 13:07:48 CEST 2020

The spl_mmc_boot_mode() (formerly spl_boot_mode()) implementation for
IMX has grown quite big over time [1].  It has also started to steer
away from what it is meant to do in its current form and breaks some
use-cases of the SPL.  Namely, the issue is that nowadays SPL can
attempt loading U-Boot from multiple MMC devices and this function needs
to return the correct mode for each one which it currently does not.

There have been multiple attempts to fix this in the past, starting with
a (rejected) patch from Anatolij [2].  Most recently, a patch from
Lukasz [3] was merged which introduces a config option

I think this is going in the wrong direction when the real solution lies
in cutting the function back down as much as possible.  IMX currently
has the biggest implementation in the tree and I don't really see
a reason why all that complexity is necessary.  I have spend some time
to find out the full story here and have summarized that in a previous
mail [4].

To cut it as short as possible: I believe CONFIG_SPL_FORCE_MMC_BOOT is
superfluous as enabling it is the only correct behavior and
CONFIG_SPL_FORCE_MMC_BOOT=n is faulty and will lead to problems when
customizing the SPL boot sequence e.g. using board_boot_order().

Thus, this series contains Anatolij's original patch, reverts the
introduction of CONFIG_SPL_FORCE_MMC_BOOT and cleans up the
implementation a bit.  One thing which is left out, which still needs to
happen in the future is getting rid of the big #if for IMX{7,8,8M}.
I don't have hardware to test IMX7 or 8 right now and haven't looked too
deep into what needs to be done here.

I'm pretty certain this series should not break any use-case and if it
does anyway, a breakage caused by it indicates the need to fix SPL
configuration for that board.  I'm happy to help with that if the need

[1]: https://gitlab.denx.de/u-boot/u-boot/-/blob/v2020.04/arch/arm/mach-imx/spl.c#L192-251
[2]: https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/patch/796237/
[3]: https://gitlab.denx.de/u-boot/u-boot/-/commit/772b55723bcbe8ebe84f579d9cdc831d8e18579d
[4]: https://lists.denx.de/pipermail/u-boot/2020-April/405979.html

Anatolij Gustschin (1):
  imx: spl: return boot mode for asked MMC device in spl_mmc_boot_mode()

Harald Seiler (4):
  Revert "imx: Introduce CONFIG_SPL_FORCE_MMC_BOOT to force MMC boot on
    falcon mode"
  Revert "imx: defconfig: Enable CONFIG_SPL_FORCE_MMC_BOOT"
  imx: spl: Remove ifdefs in spl_mmc_boot_mode()
  imx: spl: Fix use of removed SPL_FAT_SUPPORT config

 arch/arm/mach-imx/spl.c     | 49 ++++++++++++-------------------------
 common/spl/Kconfig          |  9 -------
 configs/display5_defconfig  |  1 -
 configs/imx28_xea_defconfig |  1 -
 4 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 44 deletions(-)


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