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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/7] ARM: dts: sun7i: Add dts file for the A20-linova1-7 HMI
Hi, Giulio,

On 05/05/2018 12:52 AM, Giulio Benetti wrote:
> Hi Maxime!
> Il 04/05/2018 10:06, Maxime Ripard ha scritto:
>> Hi,
>> On Wed, May 02, 2018 at 06:41:34PM +0200, Giulio Benetti wrote:
>>>>> You don't have to handcode the fragments anymore with the new syntax,
>>>>> and U-Boot makes it really trivial to use if you use the FIT image
>>>>> format to have multiple overlays bundled in the same image. You can
>>>>> choose to apply them dynamically, for example based on an EEPROM or
>>>>> some other metric to see which combination you have.
>>>> Ah, this is interesting. I'm going to experiment with that.
>>> I'm struggling against this, I don't really know how to proceed,
>>> except keeping monolithic dts files including other dtsi files.
>>> About dt-overlays I've tried to look around lot of time,
>>> but the only thing I've found is this:
>>> where they use .dtso tagging them as "/plugin/;"
>>> and compile all .dtso found in dts folder.
>>> Then they obtain .dtbo files that should be the dt-overlays we have
>>> spoken
>>> about right?
>> Yes. You don't have to do that though, you can just rely on dtc to
>> compile them, outside of the linux build system.
>>> What I can't understand is if there's a real standard at this time to
>>> follow, because on renesas-driver they use their way to handle all
>>> .dtso
>>> files, but on mainline there seems to be nothing about that.
>> I'm not sure what you mean here. It's just fragments of device tree,
>> that have to be compiled using dtc, that's it. You can use the Linux
>> build system infrastructure to do that, or you can build your own
>> simpler one. That's really up to you. See for example
>> (even though the overlays themselves use the legacy syntax and
>> shouldn't really be used an examples)
> Everything works now!
> Thank you very much!
> I've setted up a Repo on Github to give an example on how make it work
> with no pain:
> At the moment it's a mess all around, but it's working and give an
> idea on how to make it work. Though I'm going to clean it up well as a
> base for linova dtoverlays.
> Ah, btw, can you confirm me that base dts file must be compiled
> outside kernel with:
> dtc -@ ....
> Otherwise as in-tree dts with make dtbs "-@" argument is not passed.
> Right?
> Thank you a lot for your help and time again!
> Best regards!
I'd highly recommend you to look at Armbian overlay support: it is easy
and elegant.


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