[PATCH v9 3/7] env: Allow U-Boot scripts to be placed in a .env file

Tom Rini trini at konsulko.com
Thu Oct 21 14:23:25 CEST 2021

On Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:50:02AM +0200, Wolfgang Denk wrote:
> Dear Simon,
> In message <20211019164418.v9.3.Ie78bfbfca0d01d9cba501e127f446ec48e1f7afe at changeid> you wrote:
> > At present U-Boot environment variables, and thus scripts, are defined
> > by CONFIG_EXTRA_ENV_SETTINGS. It is painful to add large amounts of text
> > to this file and dealing with quoting and newlines is harder than it
> > should be. It would be better if we could just type the script into a
> > text file and have it included by U-Boot.
> >
> > Add a feature that brings in a .env file associated with the board
> > config, if present. To use it, create a file in a board/<vendor>
> > directory, typically called <board>.env and controlled by the
> >
> > The environment variables should be of the form "var=value". Values can
> > extend to multiple lines. See the README under 'Environment Variables:'
> > for more information and an example. Note that variables names may
> > not end in + due to the += syntax below.
> I still object to placing new, arbitrary restrictions on what may or
> may not be used in environment variable names.
> We have discussed alternative implementations, and trivial changes
> like using "=+" instead of "+=" as append operator do not require
> such restictions.
> Thus, and only for the restictions on variable names:
> Naked-by: Wolfgang Denk <wd at denx.de>

Do you have any other feedback on the entire rest of the series?
Because I'm not sure the benefit of "we can still support '+' at the end
of a variable name, if anyone uses that" outweighs "we can more easily
append variables in constructing our environment without relying on
uncommon operators".  To me "=+" as the append syntax is worse than "no
+ at the end of your variables".

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