[PATCH 1/1 RFC] treewide: Deprecate OF_PRIOR_STAGE

Thomas Fitzsimmons fitzsim at fitzsim.org
Wed Oct 13 19:36:00 CEST 2021

Simon Glass <sjg at chromium.org> writes:


> On Wed, 13 Oct 2021 at 10:26, Thomas Fitzsimmons <fitzsim at fitzsim.org> wrote:
>> Simon Glass <sjg at chromium.org> writes:
>> [...]
>> >> > I think one option is better than two. I have a slight preference for
>> >> > OF_PRIOR_STAGE because it is board-agnostic, but I'm not sure it
>> >> > matters, since some of these boards are doing strange things anyway
>> >> > and cannot use OF_PRIOR_STAGE. So let's go with this.
>> >>
>> >> For now it's easier getting rid of OF_PRIOR_STAGE than OF_BOARD.
>> >> Once we unify OF_PRIOR_STAGE/OF_BOARD and OF_HOSTFILE, then
>> >> I can send a patch on top of that, which removes the board_fdt_blob_setup()
>> >> and just stores the address in a similar fashion to the removed
>> >> 'prior_stage_fdt_address'.  That way we can get rid of architecture
>> >> specific constructs wrt to DT in gd.  The callback is a bit more of a pain to
>> >> maintain for multiple boards but is more flexible than an address in a
>> >> register.  In any case we can do something along the lines of:
>> >>
>> >> Check register (or blob list or whatever)
>> >> if (valid dtb)
>> >>     fixup/amend/use (depending on what we decide)
>> >> else
>> >>    arch specific callback
>> >>
>> >> That should give us enough flexibility to deal with future boards (famous
>> >> last words).
>> >
>> > SGTM
>> This sounds like a good generalization that would still work for the
>> bcm7445 and bcm7260 boards.  I'll test this approach on the evaluation
>> boards I have.
>> For the BCM7445 I may be able to import the evaluation board device tree
>> that Broadcom publishes as part of stblinux.  At runtime I may need to
>> merge some of the in-memory items generated by BOLT, but I'll try to
>> make this work.
> That would be good.
>> The BCM7260 DTS is not publicly available though, as far as I know.
> Presumably it can be dumped from U-Boot?

Technically, yes, but I wouldn't want to publish the result for various
reasons; e.g., it would be specific to the evaluation boards I have, and
it may contain vendor-specific fields.  I'd much rather this one remain
a stub, until/unless Broadcom publishes a generic BCM7260 DTS under a
free license.


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