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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] platform: device tree support for early platform drivers
2018-04-24 19:57 GMT+02:00 Rich Felker <>:
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 07:30:40PM +0200, Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
>> From: Bartosz Golaszewski <>
>> Device tree based systems often use OF_DECLARE() macros for devices
>> that need to be initialized early in the boot process such as clocks,
>> timers etc. However platform devices are more desirable.
>> This series aims at introducing support for early platform drivers for
>> OF-based systems.
>> The idea is to have a special compatible fallback string: "earlydev"
>> that similarily to "syscon" would be added to device nodes that need
>> early probing. We then need to call of_early_platform_populate() early
>> in the boot process to actually probe the registered devices.
> This makes no sense to me. It's not the device tree that should
> contain the knowledge that these need to be registered/probed early in
> the boot. That need is a property of the operating system/device
> drivers, and so the *drivers* should be the ones that contain the
> knowledge.
>> I am aware that this new compatible does not strictly correspond with
>> the "hardware description only" rule of DT, but we already have many
>> functionalities that break this rule: syscon, gpio hogs etc.
>> The first user of this new functionality will be the DaVinci platform
>> for which we want to probe the pll, psc and timer drivers early in the
>> boot sequence but keep them implemented as platform drivers.
>> In the future, if this series gets accepted, this could become and
>> alternative to TIMER_OF_DECLARE, CLK_OF_DECLARE etc. and could lead
>> to deprecating of those macros in favor of early platform drivers.
> This seems completely unacceptable, in that it would render new
> kernels unable to boot on existing device trees (which may be
> hard-coded in rom on existing devices).

Just ot make it clear: by deprecating I meant not accepting any new
users, not blindly replacing the current ones.


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