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SubjectRe: [linux-sunxi] [PATCH v2 02/13] arm64: dts: allwinner: h6: Add Orange Pi 3 DTS
Hi Ondřej Jirman,

On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM Ondřej Jirman <megous@megous.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Jagan,
>
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 02:08:18PM +0530, Jagan Teki wrote:
> > Based on the conversation about using common dtsi from this thread[1],
> > I'm commenting here to make show the diff directly on the nodes,
> > giving comments on each node so-that we can see the diff globally.
>
> Thanks for the suggestions below. It mostly repeats the differences and
> commonalities I already stated in the previous discussion.
>
> I don't have much to add to what I already said previously, though, because you
> didn't address my concerns there. But I can restate and expand on those
> concerns.
>
> Previously I already agreed it's possible to base orangepi-3.dts on
> orangepi.dtsi, and proposed a maintainable way forward, and why to follow it (to
> quote myself):
>
> Schematics allow for high amount of variability in the power tree (see all the
> NC (not connected) / 0R resistors) in the schematic around AXP805. Every board
> based on this Xunlong design can be subtly different.

Well, how about defining them in required dts file and group it common
regulators in dtsi? The idea of all these 3 H6 OPI boards are
evaluated in the same design consideration by adding new IP's in new
boards design by keeping the core things common like lite2 has wifi,
one plus has emac and 3 has PCIe etc. This is what I got from
Steven(OrangePI).

>
> I already suggested a maintainable solution, below. Where base dtsi has empty
> config for regulators and every board based on that just defines it completely
> for itself.
>
> A few regulators (for CPU/GPU) will most probably have the same meaning on
> every derived board, so these can probably be kept in dtsi without causing too
> much annoyance.
>
> It's unpleasant to have wrong regulator setup defined in an underlying dtsi,
> and then trying to override it by removing/adding random properties in the
> board dts for the new boards based on that, so that it fits.

If we manage them properly by moving common things in dtsi and rest in
dts, we may avoid these underlying issues.

>
> The rest of the current HW descriptions in the sun50i-h6-orangepi.dtsi can be
> shared (as of now).
>
> My suggestion was this:
>
> So to base Orange Pi 3 dts on top of existing sun50i-h6-orangepi.dtsi I'd have
> to first move some things out of the base dtsi to the OrangePi Lite2 and One
> Plus board dts files, in order to have sun50i-h6-orangepi.dtsi only describe
> HW that is *really* shared by these 2 boards and Orange Pi 3.
>
> If I do that, I'd undefine all the axp805 regulator nodes and move the
> configurations to each of the 3 board files. That will probably end up being
> the least confusing and most maintainable. See axp81x.dtsi lines 86-144 for
> what I mean.
>
> You seem to be suggesting a solution where every time we add an OrangePi H6
> based board, the person adding it will have to go through the base dtsi and all
> the other boards based on it, status disable or otherwise change regulators in
> the base dtsi, patch all the other boards to re-enable it.
>
> It would be already unpleasant just adding a third board based on this approach.
> And when the fourth board is added, with another small differences in the
> regulator use/meanings, the person will be looking at patching 4 dts files
> + adding one for his own board. For what benefit, to save some bytes right now?
>
> I think maintainability, ease of adding new boards is more important, than
> having a dtsi that tries to maximally cover all the commonalities between the
> existing boards right now, without regards for the future. That's why
> I suggested an approach like in axp81x.dtsi lines 86-144.

True, if the boards indeed are different but we can maintain easily if
the boards are from same family of design based my experience and few
boards do share common things in dtsi already.

Anyway, thanks for inputs. Seems like patch is applied already may be
we can move into dtsi if require in future.

Thanks,
Jagan.

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