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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Add device tree build information
Hi Franck

On 1/17/20 8:13 PM, Frank Rowand wrote:
> On 1/16/20 2:19 AM, Alexandre Torgue wrote:
>> Hi Franck,
>> On 1/16/20 3:28 AM, Frank Rowand wrote:
>>> On 1/13/20 12:16 PM, Alexandre Torgue wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> The goal of this series is to add device tree build information in dtb.
>>>> This information can be dtb build date, where devicetree files come from,
>>>> who built the dtb ... Actually, same kind of information that you can find
>>>> in the Linux banner which is printout during kernel boot. Having the same
>>>> kind of information for device tree is useful for debugging and maintenance.
>>>> To achieve that a new option "-B" (using an argument) is added to dtc.
>>>> The argument is a file containing a string with build information
>>>> (e.g., From Linux 5.5.0-rc1 by alex the Mon Jan 13 18:25:38 CET 2020).
>>>> DTC use it to append dts file with a new string property "Build-info".
>>>> of/fdt.c is modified to printout "Build-info" property during Kernel boot and
>>>> scripts/Makefile.lib is modified to use dtc -B option during kernel make (this
>>>> last part could be improved for sure).
>>> Please read through the thread at:
>>> which was my attempt to do something similar.
>> Yes the idea is the same: get build DTB information like build date,
>> "who built the DTB" ... The difference seems to be the way to do it.
>> In my case, I don't want to modify existing dts source files., but I
>> "just" append them by creating a new property with a string
>> containing this build information.>
>> Why your proposition has not been accepted ?
> Since you are asking this question, I am presuming that you did not
> read the replies in the thread I referenced. Please read through
> the entire thread. Most of the review comments were objecting to
> the concept of my proposal.

Sorry I have been lazy :$. This series is a tiny one compare to yours,
and adds less dtb information (only git used, who built dtb and the
date). There are no "dtb versions", and "absolute/relative" path which
created concerns. One remaining concern is "reproducible build" but
making dtb info optional could respond to it.
I continue to think that it's useful to get those information (even if
it's only a string) But before continuing (and find a better technical
way to do it), I need to know if there are no other obstacles.


> -Frank
>> Regards
>> Alex
>>> -Frank
>>>> Regards
>>>> Alex
>>>> Alexandre Torgue (3):
>>>>    dtc: Add dtb build information option
>>>>    of: fdt: print dtb build information
>>>>    scripts: Use -B dtc option to generate dtb build information.
>>>>   drivers/of/fdt.c           |  9 +++++++
>>>>   scripts/Makefile.lib       | 11 +++++---
>>>>   scripts/dtc/dtc.c          | 55 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
>>>>   scripts/gen_dtb_build_info | 11 ++++++++
>>>>   4 files changed, 76 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
>>>>   create mode 100755 scripts/gen_dtb_build_info

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