[PATCH v2 19/25] binman: Keep a separate list of entries for fit

Alper Nebi Yasak alpernebiyasak at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 20:30:21 CET 2022

On 06/03/2022 06:08, Simon Glass wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Mar 2022 at 14:17, Alper Nebi Yasak <alpernebiyasak at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> This is a bit clumsy. We cannot build the image more than once, since the
>>> generator entries are lost during the first build. Binman requires that
>>> calling BuildSectionData() multiple times returns a valid result each
>>> time.
>> I think the generator entries should be turned into concrete entries and
>> be removed in _gen_entries(), so BuildSectionData() should work on the
>> entries that were generated. This way the individual entries would show
>> up in fdtmap and could be binman-extracted/replaced as well.
> That makes sense, but I'm not sure how to implement it. The split-elf
> thing needs the contents of the entries which is not available at the
> start. It is likely available before BuildSectionData() is called, but
> not necessarily. So the template needs to hang around at least as long
> as that.
> I think there is something we could do here, but it isn't quite clear
> to me. Perhaps we need a expand-nodes-based-on-contents phase in
> control.py ? Eek...

I can't think of anything proper. I guess it could need architectural
changes, but I need to read more of the code and get a better grasp of

>> For FDTs we can generate blob entries for each file, for ELFs maybe we
>> can split them into files like the script used to do (bl31_0x<addr>.bin)
>> and do the same?
> I'm not a big fan of adding files. Binman should be able to hold
> everything in memory. It does generate files for later inspection
> though, so yes we could add this feature.
>> Maybe some new entry types, "data" for arbitrary data unrelated to a
>> file whose contents we can set, or "elf-segment" that can extract a
>> segment from an ELF file (but I don't like the information loss there).
> Yes I quite like the idea of new entry types. In fact I was hoping to
> turn split-elf into an entry type (one that generated multiple
> entries). But I decided to stop before doing that since we really need
> to gets the code in there, fix the bugs /move forward with some of the
> ideas you and others have.

After this and the other fixes and such, I hope I can set aside some
time and experiment more on the ideas I've been throwing at you.

Sorry if I ended up delaying this too much already...

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